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ENG 1103: Two-Letter Words, F-N

Playing “famine” here earns the first player, or team, twenty-two points.

Last week’s Wordplay Day post included a list of the first thirty-three of the 101 playable two-letter words. Today’s post features the next thirty-one, fn.

  • fa: a tone in the diatonic scale
  • fe: a Hebrew letter
  • go: leave
  • ha: used to express surprise
  • he: a pronoun signifying a male
  • hi: an expression of greeting
  • hm: used to express consideration
  • ho: used to express surprise
  • id: the least censored part of the three-part psyche
  • if: a possibility
  • in: enclosed or surrounded
  • is: the third-person singular form of “to be”
  • it: a neuter pronoun
  • jo: a sweetheart
  • ka: the spiritual self in ancient Egyptian spirituality
  • ki: the vital life in Chinese spirituality (also qi)
  • la: a tone in the diatonic scale
  • li: a Chinese unit of distance
  • lo: an expression of surprise
  • ma: mother
  • me: a singular objective pronoun
  • mi: a tone in the diatonic scale
  • mm: an expression of approval
  • mo: a moment
  • mu: a Greek letter
  • my: a first-person possessive adjective
  • na: no; not
  • ne: born with the name of
  • no: a negative answer
  • nu: a Greek letter
Playing “famine” here earns the first player, or team, thirty points, but possibly sets up the opposing player, or team, to earn double, double-letter scores with high-value consonants.

Two-Letter “M” Words

M is the consonant that offers the most options for two-letter words. In the first position, it pairs with every vowel, plus y.

  • ma: mother
  • me: a singular objective pronoun
  • mi: a tone in the diatonic scale
  • mo: a moment
  • mu: a Greek letter
  • my: a first-person possessive adjective
With parallel play, the second player, or team, scores a total of forty-one points with the four words “oxo,” “om,” “xi,” and “on.”

In the second position, m pairs with every vowel, except i.

  • am: the first-person singular present form of “to be”
  • em: the letter m
  • om: a sound used as a mantra
  • um: used to express hesitation

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