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Scrabble Is Diversion A La Word

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I'm not a big gamer, but anybody can fall in love with ScrabbleLook at my "E", love it! Love my "E"!!!Scrabble can incorporate several vices including but not limited to beer and salsa...My wife and my daughter and I bond over verbiage.If you have an especially tenacious demeanor verbally you will up the ante from seven letters to nine.
I'm not a big gamer, but anybody can fall in love with Scrabble
I'm not a big gamer, but anybody can fall in love with Scrabble
Look at my "E", love it! Love my "E"!!!
Look at my "E", love it! Love my "E"!!!
Scrabble can incorporate several vices including but not limited to beer and salsa...
Scrabble can incorporate several vices including but not limited to beer and salsa...
My wife and my daughter and I bond over verbiage.
My wife and my daughter and I bond over verbiage.
If you have an especially tenacious demeanor verbally you will up the ante from seven letters to nine.
If you have an especially tenacious demeanor verbally you will up the ante from seven letters to nine.

Scrabble bends diversion and learning into one obviate ball of linguistic fun

I'm not a huge game fan anymore but I always, well OK maybe not always, but more often than not I will dive into a game of Scrabble. My wife and my daughter love it. They beg for many games not the least of which is Monopoly, but I find that game is a mix of boredom and over-competitiveness that I can't palate. Scrabble on the other hand, well it's always a lot of fun. We don't play the vigorous rules to the dot. We don't cancel scores for each other if someone challenges another with a dictionary description, but still it's challenging. Word of advice though, to bring peace to your game of Scrabble: always, ALWAYS, have a dictionary on hand. You wouldn't play Polo without horses! You wouldn't play badminton without shuttlecocks! So don't try to play Scrabble without a dictionary. It's like doing gymnastics without a net, who wants to break their neck playing Scrabble?

My daughter points out that we get to use our math skills while totaling up the scores. But I'm more about the guerrilla linguistics. There's an interesting dynamic that goes on between the verbiage that the dictionary defines as qualitative language and slang. My wife points out that the game challenges you to think of using new words, or old words used in a new way. There's also a certain amount of give that we allow between what is slang and what is not listed in the dictionary. I find that Scrabble isn't as aggressive as its younger cousin "Pictionary" but it is more robust in that it requires your most cogent and fresh recall of your language.

With Scrabble it's one victory at a time, as my daughter points out, it's not a lot of "haha I got you" kind of moments like in other games like "Clue". Instead it's more subtle victories that make up the war. I like that there's no time limit and that there's some allowance for conversation. As far as diversion goes it's hard to beat. When it's nice out we play outside on the porch, or up the hill on the edge of an industrial park where the sun shines all the way until it sets.

Recently my wife challenged my use of the word "hewn", then a few hours later after the game was over, she was reading her book and the author used the word "hewn" in describing a hand built log cabin. She had to relent, you were right honey, hewn is a word. I don't need to be right, really I don't. But I enjoy language, there's something about it that is freeing. There's something about language that is temporally satisfying if only for a moment. The world isn't fair, life isn't fair, hell even playing games isn't always fair. But the time you share with your family when you settle into a game, that is fair, there is justice in game playing with your family. You get to know each other away from your typcial roles in the family a little bit, you get to level the playing field just a little bit. Most of all, especially if you're the "wordy" in the family, sit back and relax. Do you really need to show off your verbiage prowess to the point that you sadden your kids or wife? Relax! Have some fun. Forget about competition and pay attention to your family's word choice, you might learn some thing about them that you would have never in a light year have guessed otherwise.

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Catherine R 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

I love scrabble. I play to win and I am proud to say that I am seldom beaten. I taught my 12 year old son to play (OK I used to let him win a few) but now he is really good and he gives me a run for my money. It is a fantastic game but is far more about strategy than it is about words. We haven't had a game in a while - think I will get it out .......... Thanks!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Catherin R, I could see how it's more about strategy, I'm usually so befuddled (although I prefer absent-minded genius) that I can't pick out the underlying subtleties of strategy! One of my brothers is the strategist in the family, I'm the word guy, we're all too competitive! But maybe I should play him just to see. He hands me my lunch on any war strategy games. Hope you have fun!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

One of my big Scrabble problems is that I get to wrapped up in people (including myself) who place words that are good or bad for the integrity of the board. Like, if all the words are clumped up, that's aggravating as all get-out. When someone places a word in a position that allows player more space to arrange words, I am way too pleased.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Dolores: My wife and I had a good laugh of empathy with your comment last night! We completely agree and sometimes when the game is over, and if one score is grossly above another, there's an accusatory finger pointed, "well of course you won, I could've won too if I wouldn't have helped open up the board!" Ha!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

I love scrabble, and for me it's a good way to "teach" children letter and basic words. you know, "D-O-G" spells dog, but then I make it harder, I ask them to put a four letter word together. (for example Good) So time well spent, thanks for this hub, I love it.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

thanks Rebecca! I will remember that for the next time my nieces come over for a visit!

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