Princes and Paupers

Last week, we tackled clothes from Rags to Riches. This week, let’s look at the people behind the threads. To spice things up a bit, we’ll use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a segregator. Of course, the point values do not follow this pyramid scheme!

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This list of over-achievers proves that it’s not always lonely at the top:

AUTARCH: an absolute ruler [n -S]

BEY: a Turkish ruler [n BEYS]

CHAM: a khan (an Asian ruler) [n -S]

CZAR: an emperor or king [n -S]

DARBAR: durbar (the court of a native ruler in India) [n -S]

DAUPHIN: the eldest son of a French king [n -S]

DEY: a former North African ruler [n DEYS]

DURBAR: the court of a native ruler in India [n -S]

EXARCH: the ruler of a province in the Byzantine Empire [n -S]

GERENT: a ruler or manager [n -S]

HEPTARCH: one of a group of seven rulers [n -S]

KAISER: an emperor (the ruler of an empire) [n -S]

KHAN: an Asian ruler [n -S]

KINGLET: a king who rules over a small area [n -S]

MAHARAJA: a king or prince in India [n -S]

MONOCRAT: an autocrat (an absolute ruler) [n -S]

OLIGARCH: a ruler in a government by the few [n -S]

OMNIARCH: an almighty ruler [n -S]

PENTARCH: one of five joint rulers [n -S]

RAJA: rajah (a king or prince in India) [n -S]

RAJAH: a king or prince in India [n -S]

REGINA: queen [n -NAE or -NAS]

REGINAE: REGINA, queen [n]

SHAH: an Iranian ruler [n -S]

SHARIF: sherif (an Arab ruler) [n -S]

SHEREEF: sherif (an Arab ruler) [n -S]

SHERIF: an Arab ruler [n -S]

SOLDAN: a Muslim ruler [n -S]

SOPHY: a ruler of Persia [n -PHIES]

SOUDAN: soldan (a Muslim ruler) [n -S]

SOVRAN: a monarch (an absolute ruler) [n -S]

SULDAN: soldan (a Muslim ruler) [n -S]

TETRARCH: one of four joint rulers [n -S]

WITAN: an Anglo-Saxon council to the king [n -S]


While the folks in the first group may rule the land, these folks rule the roost:

DOUZEPER: one of twelve legendary knights [n -S]

HAVES: HAVE, a wealthy person [n]

KULAK: a rich Russian peasant [n -LAKS or -LAKI]

KULAKI: KULAK, a rich Russian peasant [n]

NOB: a wealthy person [n -S]

RITTER: a knight [n -S]


Alright, this one is a stretch. Let’s just assume everyone would love belonging in the first two groups. Mind your -ARCH‘s and -CRAT‘s!


Working our way down to the middle-class, we have a cluster of interesting words:

BRACERO: a Mexican laborer [n -ROS]

CHOREMAN: a menial worker [n CHOREMEN]

CHOREMEN: CHOREMAN, a menial worker [n]

COOLIE: an Oriental laborer [n -S]

COOLY: coolie (an Oriental laborer) [n COOLIES]

ESNE: a laborer in Anglo-Saxon England [n -S]

FELDSHER: a medical worker in Russia [n -S]

FELLAH: a peasant or laborer in Arab countries [n -LAHS, -LAHIN, or -LAHEEN]

FELLAHIN: FELLAH, a peasant or laborer in Arab countries [n]

FELLAHS: FELLAH, a peasant or laborer in Arab countries [n]

JACKLEG: an unskilled worker [n -S]

MOUJIK: muzhik (a Russian peasant) [n -S]

MOZO: a manual laborer [n -ZOS]

MUJIK: muzhik (a Russian peasant) [n -S]

MUZHIK: a Russian peasant [n -S]

MUZJIK: muzhik (a Russian peasant) [n -S]

NAVVY: a manual laborer [n -VIES]

PEON: an unskilled laborer [n -S or -ES]

PEONES: PEON, an unskilled laborer [n]

PEONS: PEON, an unskilled laborer [n]

SANDHOG: a worker who digs or works in sand [n -S]

SEXTON: a maintenance worker of a church [n -S]


Last and certainly least among the classes, we have our tired, our wretched (but sometimes high-scoring) words:

CARL: a peasant (a person of inferior social rank) [n -S]

CARLE: carl (a peasant (a person of inferior social rank)) [n -S]

COLONI: COLONUS, a freeborn serf [n]

COLONUS: a freeborn serf [n -NI]

HELOT: a slave or serf [n -S]

VILLEIN: a type of serf (a feudal slave) [n -S]

Dishonorable mention:

BUCKEEN: a poor man who acts as if wealthy [n -S]

Quiz: Classless Society

This quiz has nothing to do with princes, paupers or social classes. Just find the play that scores the most points. (Pay no attention to the preponderance of high-class words already on the board.)

Find the Best Play