Cool Words for Gamers: Xanthous – Zounds

Zounds! It’s the last Cool Words for Gamers!

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)
By William McAusland (Outland Arts)


Last week, I tackled the “w” words. This week, in our final instalment I polish off the rest of the alphabet

  • Xanthous relating to, or designating races with yellowish hair and light complexion


  • Yare ready; dextrous; eager
  • Yemeles careless, negligent
  • Yethhounds a pack of phantom hounds pursuing a lady
  • Yetter a caster of metal


  • Zaftig having a full rounded figure; pleasingly plump
  • Zenith the highest point; the point on the celestial sphere vertically above an observer
  • Ziggurat a type of rectangular temple, tower or tiered mound
  • Zounds a mild oath indicting surprise, indignation

More Cool Words?

Do you know other cool, but odd, words beginning with the letters X, Y or Z? If you do, share them in the comments below and add to your fellow gamers’ vocabulary!

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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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