Words that end in V

Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 10:18 p.m.
Last week, we decided to start the New Year off fresh. Letting go of bad habits, unwanted pounds and disappointing losing streaks.
To kick off 2005 properly, I came up with eight three-letter words that end in the letter V.
Why V? This letter is much maligned. It sometimes gets stuck on a rack late in a game and cannot be played.
But here is a chance to play it with the other tiles.
The four most common three-letter words that end in V are LAV, REV, GUV and LUV. LAV is short for lavatories. REV means to increase the speed of. GUV is a governor. LUV is a sweetheart. All of these words can take an S at the end.
The next word, DEV, is an alternate spelling for DEVA, a Hindu god. LEV is a monetary unit of Bulgaria. Don't make a mistake and pluralize it with S. It's only hook is an A.
That brings us to TAV and VAV, which are both Hebrew letters. An S can be added to each word to make them plural. VAW is an alternate spelling of VAV and also can be pluralized with an S.
The letter V is one of the few letters that seems to be more of a burden than a blessing, unless you need one.
Today, I demonstrated a few ways the V is handy. Learn these words and you will see fewer dangling Vs closing up your board.
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