Attention all word game enthusiasts! Are you ready to put your vocabulary skills to the test? Look no further than Scrabble, the internationally beloved game played around the world on April 13th, National Scrabble Day.
Originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words, the game's creator Alfred Mosher Butts, an unemployed architect and amateur artist, developed the game during the Great Depression.
- After years of perfecting the game, Butts finally settled on the name Scrabble, and in 1948, the game was officially trademarked and produced.
- Scrabble is a game that can be enjoyed by two to four players who score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15 x 15 grid.
- With over 29 different language versions sold in 121 countries, Scrabble has become a global phenomenon, with more than 150 million sets sold worldwide.
- It's no wonder that Scrabble can be found in nearly one-third of American homes.
- In the United States, the name Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc.
Whether you're a seasoned word game pro or a beginner, Scrabble is a game that can be enjoyed by all. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a set and get ready to spell your way to victory! Happy National Scrabble Day!
NATIONAL SCRABBLE DAY HISTORY
1984 – Scrabble became a daytime game show on NBC
2004 – Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame
Some cities sponsor Scrabble tournaments on the weekend closest to National Scrabble Day
The word “scrabble” means to “grope frantically.”
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL SCRABBLE DAY
Call your friends and play a game or two of Scrabble!
Mix it up, too. There are several ways to play the game if you want to change things up a bit.
Scrabble solitaire challenges you at your own game of words if you’re spending time alone.
Another version allows players to only play nouns but they earn bonus points for playing nouns that are both a proper noun and an approved Scrabble word.
Once you’ve played a game, take the final board and create a crossword puzzle using this template. Develop hints to the words and see if others can solve the puzzle.
You can also learn more about board games by reading 7 Stories Behind Our Favorite Games.
Do you have fun alternative ways of playing the game? Use #NationalScrabbleDay to post on social media.
Q. Do you have to be a word nerd to win at Scrabble?
A. No, but it helps. More importantly, you need to understand the scoring and how to take advantage of every point. Scrabble is as much a numbers game as it is a word game.
Q. What are some of the best two-letter Scrabble words to play?
A. It might surprise some people to know that playing two-letter words strategically can add up to some powerful “pointage”. Try playing these two-letter words the next time you play. Hit that double or triple score or line them up with other existing words and you’ll be hitting the jackpot!
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