Papa is a gink

December 7, 2012

This is a fez.Me:        Hello.

Papa:    There’s a rule that you gotta know the meaning of the word before you play it.

Me:        Who is this?!  What word?

Papa:    Fez.

Me:        It’s a hat.

Papa:    A shriners hat with a tassel.  Grandpa Bean had one.

Me:        It’s still a hat.

Papa:    What is a “gink”?

Me:        A watchamadoogie.This is a whatchamadoogie.

Papa:    A what?

Me:        Dr. Seuss.  A yottle in the bottle.  A gink in the sink.

Papa:    Oh.

We’ve been playing Scrabble against each other in the evenings on our iPads while we watch reruns of Monk and Frasier on Netflix.

Papa keeps losing.

After our conversation, I looked up the word “gink.”  The World English Dictionary says it’s “a man or boy, especially one considered to be odd.”


Kristy K. James December 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Too funny! I play Scrabble against the computer on Pogo and, 99% of the time I win. I’m going to have to see if I can use ‘gink,’ if the right moment ever arises so I can. I should be able to because I know a LOT of words…and the Pogo computer uses a whole lot that I’ve never seen before. Fair should be fair, right? 🙂

Loved Frasier and Monk.

Has anyone ever asked you if Joshua Jackson is your brother. Because I swear to God that Papa looks like he could be his father.

justine December 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

we just finished the entire series of monk! i love it =) and also-you are better at scrabble than i am. clearly.


papa December 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Jenny, you play Scrabble using kindergarden rules… . Whatever suits you is the rule and the rules are subject to change on a whim. Your rules give YOU up to one year to make a move.

On the other hand, Papa plays by professional tournament rules which allow 25 minutes to play PER game. Papa’s professional rules also say there is a 10-point penalty per minute used over the limit. Based on adult rules, Papa is ahead by about thirty thousand points. In other words, making your typical one move during Monk should on average cost you about 600 points.

But… like the other kindergardener around here, I humor you…children do hate to loose.


papa December 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

P.S. Time to grow up. I’m buying you an official Scrabble clock for Christmas, and singing-the-blues is not one word.

Ally December 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I play by kindergarten rules, too. Always subject to change on a whim. Besides, some rules make more sense than others. Ahem.

And I will now be working “gink” into many a conversation. Thank you.

Irene December 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm

To be a fly on the wall for THAT conversation! LMAO!
But when I play scrabble, I use the scrabble word finder! And if I have a “q” I am ALWAYS looking for an “i”. I would definitely lose against the gink.

Merry Christmas to you and your family Jen!

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