Thommmee and I love to play Scrabble. In the warmer months you will often find us sitting outside with a Scrabble game between us. This may or may not also include something cooking on the barbecue. We will be busy trying to come up with a double or triple word score while trying to outwit each other (and hopefully not burning something on the grill)! While I don’t consider myself to be particularly competitive, when it comes to Scrabble we are all in.
Last week Thommmee had his best game ever with 387 points. Although it might not be much in the world of Scrabble, we thought it was pretty good (anytime we exceed 300 points we are happy).
You will find us hauling our full-sized game on camping trips.
At the beach, poolside, or vacation we carry our travel edition.
My trusty Scrabble dictionary is circa 1978.
We updated to a ‘new’ paperback dictionary a few years back.
(I don’t like this nearly as well).
Nowadays we have our smartphones nearby to checkout the newest words such as ‘selfie’ and ‘hashtag’ which were added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2014.
Since Aril 13th is National Scrabble day-and I did not know such a day even existed-I decided to find out a little bit of the history of my favorite game.
Alfred Mosher Butts invented the board game in 1933. He was an out of work architect. It was at the height of the Great Depression and he was looking for a way to cheer people up. Originally called LEXIKO, the game is considered a cross between an anagram and a crossword puzzle . A few years later the name was changed to CRISS CROSS WORDS. The rise to popularity was slow. The game is now sold in 121 countries with 29 different languages available! Did you know there are 105 playable two-letters words according to the Official Scrabble players’ dictionary? There are 187,632 words on the official Scrabble list for tournament play. Nigel Richards, who has won the World Scrabble Championship three times and the National Scrabble Championship five times, travels the world to play in Scrabble tournaments. I have seen some of these championship games on TV-very impressive! Scrabble is owned by the Hasbro Company. If you have any interest in learning about the history or game of Scrabble, the Hasbro link will give you further information.
This is a great educational game and can be played by 2-4 people. Each person randomly selects 7 letters. Alternating turns, a player makes words with the letters on their tray and using the letters on the board. When the kids were younger, we would allow them to use the dictionary to find words. This game increases vocabulary while allowing for an enjoyable interaction between the players. Nothing quite like sitting around a table together and experiencing the laughter and conversation going on during a board game. If you haven’t played a game recently, dust off those boards and give it a whirl. Invite the kids, the family, a friend or a neighbor in for a good time. You can pick up many of the old classic games at bargain price from a thrift store or yard sale.
Happy National Scrabble Day!