As long as I can remember, in my family, the board game Scrabble has been a big deal. When I was little, my parents, grandma, aunts, and whoever else wanted to play a game of Scrabble would let me sit with them at the kitchen table and arrange the tiles. Thus began my love of Scrabble. As I grew older, they taught me the rules of the game. We take Scrabble with us everywhere, on trips, and play on holidays, as well. For me, the best Scrabble matches take place on normal days when we are just sitting around the house. The competition gets pretty fierce during these games. The battle ensues as we all try to score the most points. Since we are a competitive bunch, our games are usually pretty spirited. My sister and I are particularly competitive with each other, especially as we strive in every game to use all of our tiles during one turn for an extra 50 points. This is called a Bingo! Sometimes we even post the highest score on the fridge. One time my mom and I kept switching the posted scorecards. She, of course, wanted to display her high score, and I wanted to post the score from the game I had won. One time we read somewhere about learning Scrabble words but not knowing their meanings. The writer of the article said it was a waste of brain space!
As I become older, I really appreciate the time my family has bonded and hung out around board games, especially Scrabble. In my house, we also enjoy playing Monopoly, Trouble, Guess Who?, Rook, Scattergories, Uno, Life, Cranium, and most recently Blurt! Playing these board games together allows us the chance to have fun, challenge our minds, and just spend time with each other. I am so thankful for the memories I have and continue to make while playing various board games. This is definitely a tradition I plan to continue in the future when I have kids of my own someday.
Fun Facts About Scrabble
- The creator of Scrabble, Alfred Butts, first named the board game Lexiko in 1938. He later renamed the game Criss-Crosswords, using crosswords from The New York Times as his inspiration.
- The game was not successful until 1948 when James Brunot bought the rights to sell it and renamed the game Scrabble.
- Jack Straus, president of Macy’s, made Scrabble popular in 1952 when he enjoyed playing the game and decided he wanted his store to carry it.
- From 1984 to 1990, Scrabble was a game show on NBC, hosted by Chuck Woolery.
- A Scrabble game includes 100 letters, and two of those are blanks, which can represent any letter you want them to.
- The tiles with the highest point values are the Q and Z, which are both worth 10 points.