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02 November 2010 :: 14:11:47 pm 45227

Hyper-Literate Lady-Boy Wins UK Scrabble Championship

It seems the intelligence of the trans-gender brigade obviously spans national boundaries, not merely being a Thai trait, as Britain’s new transsexual Scrabble champion has demonstrated. The lady-boy, dressed in Pink PVC dress and matching wig, creamed the opposition with the 86 mega-pointed word ‘obeisant’.
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November 2, 2010, Mikki Nicholson, 32, from Carlisle, UK, took the National Scrabble crown from Mark Nyman, former world champion and winner of over 20 major Scrabble contests. One of Mark’s favourite high powered words is updates, scoring 105 points, which MIkki seems to have snaffled herself.

“I’m thrilled to have won and I can’t wait to celebrate,” Ms Mikki told the BBC, from whom this article is adapted. Mikki stressed that it’s the number-totals of the words that count, rather than the words as such. Her winning word ‘obeisant’ – one who accords deferential respect – scored a heady 86. Other words she used have to be looked up in such erudite tomes as the Oxford English Dictionary, such as ‘avized’ – an obsolete form of advised, and ‘alerce’ – an American tree allied to the larch.


Other words, such as Dexy, were totally obscure to all but aficionados. ‘Dexy’ is apparentlya slang term for dexadrine, a form of ‘speed’ and is another way of saying sexy, which presumably Mikki knows all about, judging by her fetching get-up. Another word which initially I thought was misspelt was ‘piny’ which is an American dialect word for the shrub peony. I must admit to having been completely stumped by the word ‘yagi’ which is a directional aerial, apparently  named after its inventor, likewise ‘ennage’, apparently a printing term specifying the total number of ens in a piece of matter to be set in type.

Other dictionary swallowers can search for the remaining obscure words, but don’t forget what Mikki says “a sound mathematical brain is an advantage” and it also helps to be intuitive.

Linguistic abilities have always been one of the ways of identifying katoeys in Thailand, apart from their height and large hands and feet. It seems Mikki would qualify on all counts. Mikki is currently unemployed, which probably explains how she can spend the time to search for obscure words with a high number score. She is apparently intending to jet off to Malaysia, which she can now afford with her £1,500 prize money, to compete in another Scrabble tournament, would you believe? I’m certain that she would be welcome here if she chose to visit neighbouring Thailand, and no doubt she could reach the Thai lady-boys a thing or two.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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