If y’all want a two letter word in Scrabble that begins with /x/ I’m giving it to you now. Xi is (according to the dictionary): The fourteenth letter of the Greek alphabet (Ξ, ξ), transliterated as ‘x’. I, of course, didn’t really know this until I looked it up after seeing in the Scrabble dictionary that it was a word (they only confirm that the word you’re using is valid, they don’t give a definition). I just used xi to get rid of my /x/ tile whenever I was stuck with it at the end of the game. Letter names are totally legal in Scrabble. I use zee (American) and zed (rest of the English speaking world) for the last letter of the alphabet all of the time in Scrabble. Though I have to say one of my favorite ways to get rid of my /z/ is tzar or czar because… I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because there are two spellings for the same word, or because I can get rid of the /c/ at the same time. Or because I learned the word czar at an early age and totally used it in Scrabble long before my peers knew what it meant. I dunno. It just works for me. And yes, I know what a tzar is.
Another two-letter word that will help get rid of an expensive letter is qi which (according to the dictionary) is: a variant spelling of chi and the vital energy that is held to animate the body internally and is of central importance in some Eastern systems of medical treatment and of exercise or self-defense. I believe qi is the only two letter word for /q/, though it’s not the only /q/ word that doesn’t require a /u/. Here’s a list of those… Caveat from that wiki page:
In Scrabble in North America, the only acceptable words with a /q/ and not a /u/ are qi, qat, qaid, qai, qadi, qoph, qanat, tranq, faqir, sheqel, qabala, qabalah, qindar, qintar, qindarka, mbaqanga, and qwerty, along with their plurals (such as qats and sheqalim).
Also allowed in Scrabble, is the three letter word qua which means In the capacity of; as being. Now, I looked at the sample sentences for this word and it didn’t make any sense to me. Maybe it’s a legal thing? I dunno.
Jo is another two letter word if you’re stuck with a different expensive letter — /j/ — at the end of the game. Jo is archaic for sweetheart or joy and archaic words are totally allowed. Which is how I tend to win at Scrabble (sometimes), because I majored in English literature, so I know *a lot* of archaic words. Ha! And, believe it or not, I know a lot of strange words too. Like et is a word — it is past tense of “eat” as in “He et his biscuit”. hahahaha! So that comedian (I think it was Bill Engvall) wasn’t lying in his routine. So, if y’all have a pesky /e/ or /t/ at the end of the game… et is a word. As is id. Id is part of the Freudian theory of the structural mode of the psyche… You can read more about it here. I learned about it in Psyche class. Now I just use it to get rid of /i/’s when I have too many on my plank. Another favorite of mine to get rid of a bunch of vowels is iota. Iota is both the 9th letter of the Greek alphabet, and it means a very small amount. I learned it because my mom used to always say, “There’s not one iota of difference…” between things.
Anyway, that’s all I have energy for today. I went to bed with a headache yesterday and woke up with the same headache this morning. I took some pain killers and that’s lessened it to a small roar, but there’s still a gnome trying to carve his way out of my head through my right eyeball with a sharp knife. So I hope y’all will excuse any errors I might have missed while proofreading. Xi is the only word I could think of for /x/. Hope y’all enjoyed my Scrabble words. ^_^