Word of the Week: Hnefatafl

I have no idea how to pronounce Hnefatafl, but I’ll try to find out. Hnefatafl is a Viking board game more complex, some say, than Chinese chess.

I discovered this word on Smugopedia.com, a website that can help you sound pretentious. Occasionally, you’ll find yourself in a social situation where you need to get mischievous or scream. If screaming’s out, Smugopedia.com no doubt has a tidbit you can throw into the conversation so you at least amuse yourself. Here are a few:

  • Everyone goes to the French Riviera. The Italian Riviera is just as lovely, and so much more exclusive. Emmy
  • Although Pavarotti was clearly very talented, his fame was inflated by the London and Decca marketing machines. Domingo or even Corelli were obviously his equal.
  • Wikipedia tends to be strong on the subjects that don’t matter.
  • The problem with Malcolm Gladwell is that he writes too well: when you read him, you don’t know if you’re agreeing with his controversial ideas because he’s right, or because he’s enchanted you.
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