This newspaper clip made the internet rounds about six months ago, but it’s new to me:
I look forward every day to working the jumble, unscrambling jumbles to make “ordinary” words, which then provide an answer to the picture drawn.
On Thanksgiving Day, R U S U Y was one of the jumbled words. My 9-year-old grandson and my sister worked for hours. He became so frustrated because he could not figure it out.
The next day the answer was “usury” – no ordinary word, not even in the dictionary.
I think you should stick to using “ordinary” words.
Loretto KY 40037
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one reminded of the episode of The Simpsons in which Lisa gets a pony. There’s a scene in which Homer applies for a loan from Mr. Burns to buy it:
Mr. Burns: …By the way, are you acquainted with our state’s stringent usury laws?
Mr. Burns: Oh, silly me! I must have just made up a word that doesn’t exist!