Magazine article Word Ways

Ceilidhs, Ukuleles and Equine Oddities

Magazine article Word Ways

Ceilidhs, Ukuleles and Equine Oddities

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Jeff tells how an unusual word in Scrabble led to a musical ad that led to Gulliver's Travels. Here is Jeff's tale ...

My Scrabble friend Paul was in town recently when he ran into his mate Sam who was wearing a kilt. He said that he was going to attend a 'kaylee' that evening where they would do Scottish and Irish dancing and singing.

"How on earth do you spell 'kaylee' then?" asked Paul. Sam had no idea. Then the lightbulb flashed in Paul's head. What his mate knew well and spoke of but couldn't spell was a word Paul knew how to spell but not pronounce--the infamous Scrabble showoff word CEILIDH! If you had to guess the spelling of the word, I don't think that CEILIDH would feature in your first 100 tries.

This little incident brought to mind the following advert, which appeared under 'Musical Instruments' in our local paper a couple of months ago: YOOKALAYLEE As new $25

If you had never seen the word UKULELE written down, I guess this would be a reasonable spelling based on the way it is pronounced. …

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