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birrotch

Postby sardith » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:00 pm

From time to time I see a word, due only to the fact that I have been clobbered by a superior player at Scrabble. This is one of those times and I am curious about the word: birrotch. :?

I'd really like to see this word get Dr. Goodword's 'going over' and will be waiting patiently for the results.
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Re: birrotch

Postby Philip Hudson » Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:10 am

sardith: A word is an expression either spoken, written or both that communicates a meaning among a communicating group. I can find no definition of birrotch in the standard sources I have searched. So I think it fails the test of being a word, or at least an English word. It is not in The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary ©1978 by Seichow & Righter Company.
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Re: birrotch

Postby bnjtokyo » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:21 am

birrotch (N)
Variant of birr

1.onrush or driving force; impetus
2.a vibrant whirring sound

intransitive verb
Chiefly Scot. to make or move with a birr
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010

supposedly a variant of birr, a noun from
Middle English bir, favorable wind, from Old Norse byrr; see PIE bher-
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Re: birrotch

Postby Slava » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:10 am

Most definitely an odd word. According to the majority of the sites that popped up in the results of the various search engines I tried, it does seem to be accepted for Scrabble. However, beyond bnjtokyo's submission, I have found nothing whatsoever about it. Is this a word the Good Doctor could actually do anything with? I would love to see him come up with something really interesting, but....
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Re: birrotch

Postby Philip Hudson » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:23 pm

Thanks for the correction and reference for birrotch, bnjtokyo. I looked for it but couldn’t find it. It is interesting to know, especially the etymological information. Nobody has pulled it on me in Scrabble, and, as I have said, it isn’t in my official Scrabble dictionary.
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