Education: How to Beek in Glory

If the national craze for Scrabble has done nothing else, it has proved to many an American that he has a wonky (feeble) vocabulary. Confronted by too many x's or z's, he is apt to be a coof (blockhead), and left with an excess of vowels, he can appear downright dowf (stupid). Last week help came from the colleges, in the form of a special lexicon called What's That Word? (The Times Press, Wakefield, R.I.; 40¢). Compiled by two veteran theme correctors—Martha Wright of the University of Massachusetts and Tony Hofford of the University...

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