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When Paul G. Lind of Portland passed away, his friends commemorated the Master Scrabble player with a custom tombstone spelling out the traits he was most admired for.Read More
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We'd all love to add words to the official Scrabble Dictionary—especially when you're mid-game and frustrated that J-A-W-X-I-N-G-S isn't a word because you'd get SO MANY POINTS! Hasbro's been holding a bracket-style competition (because March), and they're down to the final four. The winner will become an official word.Read More
75 years ago Alfred Butts invented Scrabble, the most perfect and elegant word game ever created. He assigned each tile in the game a value based on how often it appeared on the front page of the New York Times, but the English language has changed a lot since 1938. Now, a researcher named Joshua Lewis wants Scrabble to update the value of its tiles. People have suggested scoring changes in the past, but Lewis took the initiative and wrote a piece of software that changed the values in the game. I like your gumption, Lewis.Read More
The National Scrabble Association does not condone cheating. Also, the National Scrabble Association exists. One of the United States' top young Scrabble talents was caught hiding blank tiles, and subsequently ejected, at the game's national championship tournament in Florida. The executive director of the National Scrabble Association, John D. Williams, Jr., has said that this is the first recorded incident of cheating at a national tournament. What a shame.Read More
I'm a fairly serious competitive Scrabble player (no, really), which is why I was seriously freaked out to read this morning that Mattel was changing the rules of the game for the first time in 62 years to allow proper nouns like "Jay-Z" and "Shakira" as playable words. The story has been enthusiastically picked up by British media outlets, including The Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and BBC News.
This would be a nightmare for a number of reasons, not least of which would be deciding which nouns are "proper": Which brands, celebrities, and acronyms are "big" enough that they warrant dictionary entries? Does "TomKat," for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' annoyingly portmanteaued relationship, work? Is "Bennifer" still valid even though Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have since broken up? All of which raises another point: Scrabble as we know it would become really dumb.
Fortunately, we got in touch with a Mattel rep, and he confirmed that the rumors of a Scrabble rule change making the rounds in the British press are wildly overblown.Read More