Scrabble Squabble…

Last night was the most recently meeting of my good friend Terry and I for our periodic Super Scrabble game. It was a very unusual game with an unusual board… more spread out due to early plays of large words. The turning point in the game seemed to be when I gambled heavily by playing the word “treated” and hoping against hope that “od” was a word. We had never used it before and we are too curmudgeonly to resort to the “0fficial 5crabble D1ctionary”. Luckily od is a word that means “a hypothesized force in nature formerly thought to manifest itself in such phenomena as hypnotism, magnetism, light, etc.”… hmmm, maybe the od was with me on that play? Anyway, here’s the board…

It was a good fight and a long game exceeding 5 hours. As lifetime scrabble players, both Terry and I acknowledge, decry, are disgusted by and will ignore Hasbr0’s decision to officially change the rules to allow proper names. On the surface, it may not seem like that big of a deal but to allow them is to allow anything, escalate bickering over un-provable word attempts and most importantly dumb down the game in the attempt to increase market share or more likely keep from losing it due to the steady decline of the importance of the actual meanings of words to our culture. Hurray for another well conceived corporate decision! Anyway, today is unusual insofar as Mom traded shifts with someone and I have the bug for most of the day. I completely forgot and have a whole bunch of mugs trying to stay moist. It is supposed to be 99 or 100 degrees today with a heat index of 106/107 depending on where you look or who you listen to.

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8 Responses to “Scrabble Squabble…”

  1. Gordo Says:

    Everything is being dumbed-down these days and, like you Jim, those of us who don’t need it are disgusted.

    I really haven’t played scrabble in a long time. It’s time. 😀

  2. Michael Says:

    That’s the most spread-out scrabble board I’ve ever seen. I’m with you on proper names.

  3. cynthia Says:

    We do have the “official scrabble dictionary” though it’s a good 15 years old now – pre proper names, though it does include some foreign words. Before playing, my hubby and I mutually agree on the dictionary to use which affects which words I choose to play. Even though we both know that a word exists in the official scrabble dict., we don’t allow it if we’re using Merriam Webster which doesn’t have said word. It’s sort of a game in a game – more fun to push those semi-made up words sometimes.

    My favorite game changers… xi, qat & haj

  4. soubriquet Says:

    Nice board there!

  5. meredith@whynot Says:

    we nix proper names in our house as well.
    We are hung up on domino playing- but since I have been winning lately Mark is refusing to play! Chicken!
    He was winning all the time and I had to just take it now the guys we play with three guys and me- all are unhappy with the way things are playing out.
    I don’t know about you but we have some great cussing going n while we play…

  6. Tracey Says:

    ahhhh, Scrabble, my favorite board game of all! The last game I played was with my nephew who cheats at everything and he added the word gfart. I am guessing it was a southern short version of- did you fart? We still get a laugh out of that!

  7. Eugene Hon Says:

    Scrabble- I will have to bring in afrikaans words, if I ever stood a change at winning. My vocabulary is not that great and my spelling is even worse. For me it would be a real scramble.

  8. alison arnold Says:

    Hooray for curmudgeons! The world may become divided into proper scrabble players and ‘proper name’ scrabble players, I know which side I’ll be on..

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