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Rule One: You must send Reset6413 a psn asking how my socks fit today.

Rule Two: Whenever you are playing Bf3, you must sing "i... am not a whore... tsh tsh tsh... I am not a whore... tsh tsh tsh" Whenever you kill someone.

Rule Three: You must, and no exceptions put SEE FOR on a boat atleast once per game, and kill the server owner. (includng operation metro)

Rule Four: If you TBAGG Reset6413 i will hack you. (not really a rule, mostly a warning.)

Rule Five: Send the RHA brothers provacitive messages.

Rule Six: Must read Reset's list of cool words that he found from google xD
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AA
n. A type of volcanic rock having a rough and jagged surface. The name is Hawaiian in origin and pronounced ah-ah.

AA is one of three types of solidified flow lava, a fact which I mention only as an excuse to throw in my favorite type, which is called PAHOEHOE. The third type has the rather mundane name of PILLOW LAVA, which I include here only for completeness.

Of course, the serious Scrabbler will be more likely to recognize AA as an indispensable vowel-dump, and the very first word in the Official Scrabble Dictionary.

It is also the least interesting palindrome I know.

BANNS
npl. A formal proclamation announcing intent to marry.

This word jumped out at me when I was watching the very word-buff-esque documentary Spellbound. While participants in the final rounds are usually challenged with much longer words, this harmless looking five-letter critter knocked out a favorite (indeed MY favorite!) contender for the prize.

Despite being such a short word, it is very difficult to guess its spelling from its pronunciation (it is pronounced banz), since there is no vocal indication of the second N.

This word has also been known to trip up the odd Scrabbler. For an entirely different reason though. When a Scrabble player learns a word like BANNS, it is easy to assume it to be the plural of the non-existent BANN*. Uh oh! There's an asterisk!

CACAFOGO
n. A hot-tempered person. Also spelled CACAFUEGO.

Today's word began its life as CAGAFUEGO*, which was a nickname used by 16th century sailors for their Spanish ship Nuestra Señora de la Concepción. The choice of name came from a combination of the Spanish words Cagare, meaning to excrete, and Fuego, meaning fire. Hence Cagafuego, if taken literally, meant excrete fire, which I assume means that the ship went really fast.

However, the G was eventually corrupted to a C, resulting in the word CACAFUEGO (no asterisk!). And from there a further corruption resulted in today's word.

Interestingly, Collins gives the definition of CACAFOGO as spitfire, which Chambers in turn defines as a 'hot-tempered person'. So, did the term spitfire arise as a euphemism for shitfire which would be the literal translation of today's word? This worse-than-amateur lexicographer doesn't know the answer right now, but I'll certainly let you know if I find out.

And for Scrabble-buffs... This word came up during my interview with Andrew Fisher, a champion Scrabble player, as his answer to the question 'What is the most unlikely word you've ever played?'.

Well, I checked it out, and it certainly would be hard to beat. There are 40,161 eight-letter words allowed in Scrabble. If you were to list all these words from highest probability to lowest, Andrew's play of CACAFOGO would come in at position 37,934!

And if that isn't unlikely enough for you, the probability of this word appearing in a New York Times crossword puzzle, if the last few decades are anything to go by, is precisely zero.

DREIDEL
n. A wooden, spinning top used in a gambling game, usually played by children during an eight-day Jewish festival called Hanukkah (or Festival of Lights).
 

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