Collection: Hoy's Toys Word Games

United We Stand Word Game was inspired by Dr. Louise Price Hoy and Dr. William E. Hoy, M.D.

This is a version of a verbal game that Louise, Bill, Charles, and I would play for hours after dinner regularly. But this is more than just a word game. This game represents a lifelong endeavor by Louise to ensure that Latin always stays alive and well in classrooms, libraries, communities, and families. Latin is not a dead language but alive and well.

Typically, Louise would select a word, usually medical or legal in origin and we all worked to dissect the word to find the literal translation. By breaking the word into its prefix, suffix, and roots we could determine its literal translation and meaning. We also played with words from theology and most of the sciences. This game has many applications. It is so much fun and always a learning experience.  Charles and I had shared this with friends and family. All agree this was a lot of fun and I realized then most people thoroughly enjoy playing this game.  I had promised Louise one day I would into a formal game. She lived long enough to see this game come to fruition and was delighted it was well received at the Cincinnati Home -Schooling Show in Cincinnati, OH. This Home-Schooling Show drew from an eight-state radius. 

With United We Stand Word Game, I reversed this process - and took Greek and Latin prefix, suffix, and roots and put them in a deck of 52 cards. Each player gets five cards and a card is turned face up with the remaining deck set to the side for drawing.  Before each turn, the player draws a card and looks at their hand to see if they can make a word on the card faceup.  Every card in play is worth five points. See an example of the game: From our home to yours, may you laugh, love, and learn and enjoy every minute of this game.

Dr. Louise P. Hoy was a professor and Chair of Classical Studies at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va.  Greek and Latin languages were her areas of teaching specialties. Dr William E. Hoy was a local family Dr. in Ashland, Ky. Bill and Louise devoted their lives to caring for the people of the Appalachian region. They worked tirelessly to ensure children had the basics for primary and secondary education and their medical needs were met as well. They would provide clothing, coats, shoes, food, school supplies, whatever was needed so kids could attend school. Bill never turned away a person needing medical care- regardless if they could pay or not. Never once did they ever make a person feel less than but always encouraged people toward success. It was an honor and a privilege to have been a part of their lives and witness firsthand a quiet, humble leadership that made the world a better place through their acts of kindness, love, compassion, caring and understanding.

United We Stand Word Game at present time is for General Vocabulary. Additional games are in production for Legal, Medical, Biology, Zoology, and Theology.  A portion of the net profits from this line will be donated to a Scholarship on behalf of Dr. Louise P. Hoy and Dr. William E. Hoy for the Classical and Medical Students at Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va.

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