Scrabble Gate

It took me all of fifteen minutes to figure out what I would write about today.  My first thought was pearly gate and I considered making up a story about the heavenly gates.  My next thought was Watergate, the whole Richard Nixon thing and I was not sure how I would approach that, but it is an interesting part of American history.  I went on to think about a professional gate crasher, sort of along the lines of Wedding Crashers with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson and I probably could have pulled that off.  Then it hit me like a ton of bricks (ouch that hurts), there are a heck of a lot of words that contain GATE in them.

Did you ever play Scrabble?  Did you know that there are many websites on the internet dedicated to specific words?  It surprised me when I did a search for, ‘words that include gate’, and I found several websites dedicated to expanding the word gate, but I imagine that going to these sites when playing Scrabble would be considered cheating.  One site actually listed 242 words that contain gate in them, most of these words I had never seen before and I had no idea what their meanings were.

At this point I began thinking that I might ne in over my head, because I had bit off more than I could chew.  I don’t want to get into the intricacies of how Scrabble is played, but I will discuss which words are allowed and what ones are not.  Any word that is found in a standard English dictionary can be used in the game of Scrabble.  There are also Official Scrabble Dictionaries that can be purchased for more word options.  There are some words that are not allowed to be played and these include suffixes, prefixes and abbreviations.  Any word that requires the use of a hyphen or apostrophe cannot be played in the game. Any word that required the use of a capital letter is not allowed.  When playing an English version of the game, foreign words are not allowed to be placed on the board.  However, if the foreign word does appear in a standard English dictionary, it is allowed.  The reason for this is due to the fact that the word is spoken enough and is considered part of the English language.  I have placed two tables below to give you a better idea about prefixes and suffixes.

de- from, down, away reverse, opposite decode, decrease
dis- not, opposite, reverse, away disagree, disappear
ex- out of, away from, lacking, former exhale, explosion
il- not illegal, illogical
im- not, without impossible, improper
in- not, without inaction, invisible
mis- bad, wrong mislead, misplace
non- not nonfiction, nonsense
pre- before prefix, prehistory
pro- for, forward, before proactive, profess, program
re- again, back react, reappear
un- against, not, opposite undo, unequal, unusual


-able able to, having the quality of comfortable, portable
-al relating to annual, comical
-ed past tense crossed, jumped
-er comparative bigger, stronger
-est superlative strongest, tiniest
-ful full of beautiful, grateful
-ible forming an adjective reversible, terrible
-ily forming an adverb eerily, happily, lazily
-ing denoting an action, a material, or a gerund acting, showing
-less without, not affected by friendless, tireless
-ly forming an adjective clearly, hourly
-ness denoting a state or condition kindness, wilderness
-y full of, denoting a condition, or a diminutive glory, messy, victory,

These are not all inclusive lists, they are short lists of the more common prefixes and suffixes that are often used.  Some of the interesting words that I found, where I actually knew their meaning and with spell checker engaged, I was able to get close enough to them are: Circumnavigate, Congregate, Conjugate, Corrugate, Delegate, Elongate, Fumigate, Instigate, Investigate, Interrogate, Irrigate, Litigate, Mitigate, Negate, Navigate, Obligate, Relegate, Subjugate and Surrogate.  I also found some compound words like Liftgate, Tollgate and one of my favorites Tailgate.

24 thoughts on “Scrabble Gate

      1. Well only those who have the treasures of knowledge or wealth are seek by pride.. For a mere mortal like me.. It ignores my hive.. So Blessed am I.. But the same can’t be said.. For a man like you.. Watch your steps brother.. Because pride is watching you..

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      2. I hit the LIKE button, which means that I liked what you said. I am not an argumentative person and I always feel that it is better to agree than to argue. I do not need the last word, I do not need to win, as once I state my views it is over as far as I am concerned unless you disagree or you bring up another interesting point.

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      3. Come on, I was asking so you..could say yes(and acknowledge you are indeed a learned man and see I am not) and I will write the pride has entered.. Thanks for ruining my surprise..

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      4. You like me as a pal.. I respect you as an Academician and as a writer.. See the difference.. Let’s stop the discussion here..

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  1. Well, I’m a delegator and you’re an investigator, Fandango is an instigator – and Sighty – by all his comments – he’s an engager.

    And we’re all blogging ragers! We’re awesome! 🙂

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  2. I don’t like Scrabble. I suck at it. Boo! Scrabble. Just thought I’d balance things out by simplifying the verbiage here. SAT words give me a headache.


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