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Tips for Tournament Play

February 23rd, 2009 | by admin

Thank you to all of the players who showed up for our tournament practice on Feb. 14th. Your comments were very helpful to our planning process. We would like to make some suggestions for players to keep in mind while preparing for the March 1st tournament.

  1. Remember that the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Thesaurus is the text the judges will reference only when they deem it necessary. The judges will have studied the tournament words from the thesaurus ahead of time. That being said, the judges are free to admit any word as correct if they have had real-life experiences which support the correctness of the word choice. This is because words are arbitrary symbols which gain meaning through their use.
  2. Keep in mind that a true synonym or antonym for a word must be the same part of speech as the word in question. It must function in place of that word in a sentence. If the word in play is a verb, the synonym or antonym must be a verb with the same tense as the target word. Some words are used as more than one part of speech. For example, the word “love” may be used as a noun or a verb. One player may say “abhor” and another may say “hatred” when naming antonyms for “love”, and both players would be correct.
  3. Yes, you may add or subtract prefixes and suffixes to create antonyms! If your word is “appropriate,” you may use “inappropriate” as an antonym.
  4. Our judges are very well-educated people who love words. That being said, they are from a different generation than yours.  In this tournament, it is probably best to avoid using slang words which are not used frequently by your parents and grandparents. Slang tends to be age-group specific. Even if you correctly use a slang word, if your judge hasn’t heard it, you will not get credit. We encourage you to play our game using slang words with your peers after the tournament.
  5. Some people find that an easy way to name multiple antonyms for one word is to think of one antonym for the word and then name synonyms for that antonym. Find out which retrieval technique your brain uses best for antonyms.