You head home for Thanksgiving, and after a big meal, a few drinks and a political argument or two, somebody breaks out the Scrabble board.
Want to dominate the family game? Try out a few world championship-winning words — but be prepared to defend them with a dictionary, since most people probably haven't heard them before.
A competitor in action during rounds 1 to 3 of the 24-round Scrabble Champions Tournament, during the Mind Sports International World Championships held at ExCel on November 19, 2014 in London, England. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
On Sunday, British 33-year-old Craig Beevers won the 2014 Scrabble Champions Tournament, and the Telegraph brought the world his impressive list of winning words.
Check out the list below, with the scores from each word in parentheses. How many of the words have you heard before?
Ventrous - adventurous (65)
Gaieties - state of joyful exuberance or merriment (62)
Diorite - igneous rock (68)
Umu - Polynesian earth oven (24)
Zit - spot (36)
Kaw - Alternate word for Kansa, a member of a North American Indian people formerly of eastern Kansas, now living mostly in northern Oklahoma (34)
Gleet - inflammation of the urethra with a slight discharge of thin puss and mucus (24)
Villa - (especially in continental Europe) a large and luxurious country house in its own grounds (14)
Talaq - Type of Muslim divorce (42)
Gapo - South American forest near a river (27)
Barfs - an attack of vomiting (26)
Beevers played the above words during his fourth match against American Chris Lipe, the Telegraph reported. Beevers won the match with 440 points to Lipe's 412, securing a 3-1 victory in the best-of-five contest for champion status.
For his trouble, Beevers won £3,000 (nearly $5,000) and two years of bragging rights; the Scrabble Champions Tournament has been held biennially since 1991.
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