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What is a zax?
A zax is a hatchet-like tool used for cutting and punching holes in slate or other roofing materials.
A zax, also known as a slater’s ax, is a specialized tool used by a slater, someone who constructs roofs and other parts of buildings out of slate. One side of the zax is a wide blade, shaped like a cleaver, which is used to cut pieces of slate to the desired shape or to define an edge. The other side of the zax has a stake that is used to strike the slate, punching holes into it for nails, screws, pegs, or other similar. There are right-handed zaxes and left-handed zaxes so that the user can use their dominant hand to cut the slate.
Example: I dulled my zax over the years and now slate breaks in the wrong way.
Where does zax come from?
Zax is a dialectal variant of sax, meaning “short, single-edged sword.” The first records of the term sax come from before 900. It comes from the Old English seax.
A zax is more often called a slater’s ax, so the term is mostly know as the highest-scoring three-letter word in the game of Scrabble. Z is worth 10 points, a is worth 1, and x is worth 8, so that zax is worth 19 points alone. Players can gain extra points by using the term’s plural form, zaxes, or by playing the word on double or triple letter or word boxes.
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How is zax used in real life?
Zax is not often used anymore, except as a high-scoring word in Scrabble.
The highest scoring three letter word in Scrablle is 'zax,' which is a tool for cutting and trimming roof slates
— OMGFacts (@OMGFacts) November 20, 2012
I just learned a new Scrabble word that can come in handy in a pinch: ZAX, a tool for cutting roof slates.
— Jehonadab (@life_on_earth) September 16, 2021
Pro-tip: Zax, a tool used for cutting and dressing roofing slates, is the highest-scoring three-letter word in Scrabble. Try it out in your next game! 💥 pic.twitter.com/O8DoQtlNDo
— Scrabble GO (@ScrabbleGO) November 14, 2021
Try using zax!
True or False?
A zax is used primarily for cutting down trees.