Thursday, November 16, 2006

play on words


Whenever the grandkids come up, they love to pull out the Scrabble game. It is fun to watch the different strategies. Kyle will take a long time with each of his turns, scouting out every possible option for the most points. Sarah is impatient, telling everyone to hurry up. Madison likes to make words on her tile rack and wishes she could use them on the board. Why do they love it so, don't they know it is educational?

I told the kids that just last month someone scored 830 points in a Scrabble game, a record for the highest score ever. See story here.

Scrabble was invented by an architect, Alfred Butts. He designed the boards using his drafting equipment. After being named Lexico, Criss-Cross Words, and finally Scrabble (meaning - to grope frantically), the game took off in 1948 and is now in 1 of every 3 households. History of scrabble here.

11 comments:

The Cat said...

Ah what a game. The hours that we have whittled away playing scrabble would surely total months and months. There should be more of it.

Anonymous said...

How neat... I love scrabble. My husband & I play occasionally, but we have totally different "needs" when playing. He is all about the pouints, while I like to open the board & make big words. With that said, my best word was Marooned on the triple (I used all 7 tiles - not very common for us.)!

Motherkitty said...
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Motherkitty said...

We have had Scrabble since it was put on the market back in the 1940s. At present, I must have at least three versions of the game, always ready and handy in case someone wants to play.

I can remember playing this game with my family when we were growing up. Dad was not allowed to make three-letter words (which he always did) and mother and I competed to use the most letters. Whenever my sister and I get together now, we compete and no one can keep up with us. They soon get frustrated, lose interest, and drop out, while we continue to play in our own little world.

Who cares if it's educational? Your grandkids are having fun and that's what it's all about.

LZ Blogger said...

Susan ~ I started losing interest in Scrabble when my kids started WINNING at it! ~ jb///

jellyhead said...

I'm sure my general knowledge has doubled since I started reading your blog, Susan!

I looooove scrabble, too. I used to play quickly, and just tried to put down long words. But when Fatty came along, and played for points and BEAT me, I became one of those players that spends ages trying to get maximum point value! (but it's worth it, because now I win against Fatty!)

Anonymous said...

super blog!

John Cowart said...

I'm the writer in the bunch but everybody in the family beats me at Scrabble. I think they cheat.

colleen said...

Hi Susan, I always feel at home when a Scrabble board is posted! Did you read the book "Scrabble Freak?" It gives tells the history of the game and an insider's look at the lifestyle of mostly eccentric tournment players.

Alice said...

I love Scrabble too, but it's hard to find someone to play with. Dad and I used to play until about 3.00am whilst listening to the cricket matches from England. Then we had to get up about 2 hours later and milk the cows.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I love Scrabble and have played it all my life that I can remember. I didn't know it made its debut in 1948...no wonder why I think it's been here all my life. I have a scrabble game and we play it whenever we get together and I also have one on my pc and play against some smart aleck whose not real. Of course he always wins...he cheats!