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How come VERBILE is a valid word but TANNOY is not?

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Cannot find "verbile: in any dictionary but the commonly used "tannoy" is not. Same goes for "June".
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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VERBILE does appear in the Scrabble dictionary, which means that it also appears in two out of the five source dictionaries it draws its words from.  It's defined as someone whose mental imagery consists of words... a very appropriate description for a lot of people around these parts.  :-)

TANNOY does not appear in the Scrabble dictionary, most likely because it is a trademarked term for a type of public address system.  Trademarks often disqualify words from dictionaries and from the ENABLE wordlist that WWF uses.  FRISBEE is another example of a trademarked word that does not appear in the ENABLE wordlist.

As previously noted in other answers, JUNE most likely does not appear because its commonly known definition as a calendar month would mean that it would customarily be capitalized, and such words are typically not found in either the Scrabble dictionary or ENABLE.
answered 9 years ago by Tiler8 Word Freak (2,240 points)
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Verbile: someone whose mental imagery consists of words, as opposed to an audile (someone whose mental imagery consists of sounds), motile (someone whose mental imagery arises from the sensations of bodily movement and position), or visile (someone whose mental imagery consists of pictures).

Again Tannoy is a trademark term and thus a proper noun and thus is not playable.

answered 9 years ago by scooteristi Word Freak (7,150 points)
Trademarked names I understand. But some become so commonplace they take on a generic meaning. Such as FRISBEE and TANNOY. But I note that BIRO, another trademark, is valid.
Biro the pen is not valid, whereas a biro, a Hungarian judge, is valid.

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