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20 Words You Should Learn if You Play Scrabble


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FAQIR

"Q" is the best of letters and the worst of letters. It gives you 10 points when you use it, but drags down your score if you end the game holding it. Thinking of "q" words is always a challenge. That's why it's a good idea to keep "faqir" in mind.

Faqirs were originally monks in the Sufi sect of Islam, who took vows of poverty. (The word came from the Arabic for "poor man.") The term is now used to refer to any Muslim or Hindu holy man. On the Scrabble board, "faqir" earns you a generous 17 points. And it's an ideal way to use a "q" if you don't have its usual partner, the letter "u."