I wrinkle my nose, bringing it into alignment with the skin around it.
Vext? That’s not a word. Why is the Scrabble® judge letting the computer get away with playing a non-word?
Then the penny drops. The Scrabble® judge and the computer against which I am playing are one and the same. Talk about your conflict of interest. This electronic version of the game offers no challenge mechanism, so I suck it up and play on. But I make a mental note for future investigation.
It isn’t that I mind losing fair and square. Yeah, yeah, OK, I absolutely detest losing under any conditions, but I accept that I will lose sometimes if the game is hard enough to be interesting.
It isn’t that I mind the outrageous arbitrariness of rules that accept some abbreviations (mic, veep, ref, and trig among them), and summarily reject others (like wifi). After almost a quarter-century in proposal work — where Arbitrary Rules ‘R’ Us — I’ve become hardened to slings and arrows.
It isn’t that I mind the illogical acceptance of some non-standard spellings (luv for love, nan for naan) and the rejection of others (stoopid, ridicklus). Or that some non-English words are OK (piso, fiqh — or fikh if you prefer) but not ‘choy,’ as in ‘bok choy.’
No, no, I’m quite serene about playing the ball from where it lies. Really. I am.
But an arbitrary and illogical game is one thing. To think that the damn computer might actually be cheating — that would be the outside of enough. And so I mutter darkly and squint meaningfully. If the machine thinks I’m going to let this go, it has another think coming. But I mustn’t show my hand too early.
Vext: (archaic) simple past tense of vex
Appealed to after the game’s conclusion, thus speaks Wiktionary.
Either all the machines are in league against me — a theory that holds, if not a certain charm, then at least a certain plausibility — or vext is, indeed, a word.
Although I note suspiciously that all the quotations given as reference for this usage are from Tennyson — maybe the man just couldn’t spell — I can be a big girl about this. I can.
Am I vext? Certainly not. Nothing so ladylike. More like pitht.