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Front Hook: H

It's difficult to follow the awesomeness of GREENGAGE, but my front hook entry for H is still pretty strong.

H is for Hexamine

Like the previous entry, this one is nice because the two words are different parts of speech. HEXAMINE is a chemical compound (a noun), while EXAMINE is a common verb. Altering the part of speech is definitely a plus to me in this "front hooking game"; it's an amplification of simply getting two unrelated words.

This example is also nice because I like how the longer word is rather unusual, and likely unknown to many. I can envision a great "gotcha" moment in a game of Scrabble whereby one player is extremely proud to have played the high-scoring EXAMINE, but suddenly the opponent counters with the wholly unexpected H-hook and scores on a great comeback play.

Readers of these entries have suggested that I listed some "honorable mentions" for each letter if I can think of any, so I will start to do so now (and might retroactively add some for the A-G articles). For the letter H here are a few more notable words:

  • Hairline
  • Hairbrush
  • Hallow
  • Harmful
  • Horology
  • Hessonite
  • Hoverfly

-- Eric

[29 August 2014]
   
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Comments about this article:
LOVE the honorable mentions keepthem oming

Posted by: Jeremy


LOVE the honorable mentions keep them coming

Posted by: Jeremy


Must be tough to decide which words are on or able to join the list of honorable mentions. Hoverboard? Herring?

Posted by: Larry Hosken


Halation is another one.

Posted by: Liz Gottlin


 
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