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Adze is one of the most important words in the English-speaking world, particularly if you know that it can also be spelled adz. That is to say, it’s one of the most important words in the English-speaking world if you play Scrabble. Depending on what tiles are already on the board, adz or adze might save the day if you’ve got the zee tile if you’re American or the zed tile if you’re in just about any other English-speaking country. Fortunately, zed and zee use the same character. Otherwise it would get extremely confusing.

If you’re not a Scrabble-player, or even if you are, then an adze is a tool that resembles and is used much like an axe, which can also be spelled ax.

What, you might ask, is the difference between and adze (or adz) and an axe (or ax)? After all, as they say, if it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. And you can use either an adze or an axe to cut its neck if you’re planning to have duck for dinner.

The answer is, I don’t know the difference between an adze and an axe and I don’t care enough to bother trying to find out. If you know, please  inform us in a comment on this post.

Here’s one thing I’m wondering about: Why do you hear references to axe-murderers ,but you never hear about adze-murderers? Is there something about the difference between an axe and an adze that makes the former the better tool for committing murder? I’m asking for a friend.

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