We completed today’s NY Times crossword with a word that neither Korilearns nor Amandalearns had ever heard of: smaze. The clue was “some air pollution.”
What a great word: smaze. It’s just fun to say “SMAZE!” Now, we love learning new words, especially words that are fun to say. You can probably imagine our excitement when we went to look up the actual definition and history of the word smaze:
A thick, heavy atmospheric condition offering reduced visibility because of the presence of suspended particles: brume, fog, haze, mist, murk. (answers.com)
Dictionary.com gave us the detailed definition “smoke + haze.” That’s it. Try Googling “smaze.” You get nothing. No one ever uses it in a sentence. Ever.
We’re pretty sure that Randy Sowell, today’s puzzle creator, made it up and then convinced Will Shortz that smaze is a real word. Shame on you, Mr. Shortz. We expect more from you.