Scrabble Fun Facts

Scrabble Fun Facts

When I was a girl one of my favorite board games was Scrabble. I had always been drawn to word and letter games more than any other type of game so when I discovered Scrabble my only challenge was finding opponents to play!


Scrabble was originally titled, Lexiko and was invented by Alfred Butts. After some time went by he realized the game needed a facelift, that’s when Scrabble came along. Scrabble celebrated its 60th birthday in 2008. Incredible, huh?

The game consists of a board which has been divided into a 15 x 15 grid. One letter tile fits inside one square. Within these squares you can find red, pink and blue squares that have double and triple word or letter scores which can really help you get in the lead quickly. Up to four people can play and each person begins the game with 7 tiles. Did you know that you have a 1 in 8 chance of drawing a 7 letter word? I can tell you that it is exciting when this happens because you earn an additional 50 points!

Some of the most challenging letters to play are: Q, K, J, X, and Z. Luckily they only provide one of each of these letters. Because there is only one of each of these letters you can earn big points for using them.

Curse words are not allowed in the the official Scrabble rules.

Did you know there are over 120 acceptable 2 letter words you can play?

Not only has Hasbro marketed Scrabble in the U.S. it can be found in over 120 countries! and in 29 different languages. Scrabble cannot be translated to Chinese or Japanese but many people from these countries play the game with directions printed in their respective languages.

Since the day of the simple flat board you can now find several special edition Scrabble boards, some are shaped like baseball fields or taylored after a tv show with special tiles. My favorite however, is the rotating board with subtly raised edges so the tiles don't slide around on the board. What a great idea!

If you are new to Scrabble you can find lots of tools to improve your experience such as a beloved Scrabble Word Dictionary which can really improve your game. You can also find tutorials and ideas on how to win. Not only is Scrabble fun it is also quite educational. Every time I play this game with my friends I am thinking and problem solving not to mention expanding my vocabulary. Kids as young as 6 can play Scrabble!

Another thing I like about Scrabble is that it's available on my phone and on applications like Facebook. So the game has a way of connecting you with friends you wouldn't normally be able to play Scrabble with.

So the next time you are looking for something to do on a chilly day, break out the Scrabble board and challenge a friend. It will be worth your time, trust me!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

I love scrabble, sadly not many of my friends agree.

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cre8ivOne 5 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Aww, I hadn't played in a very long time to tell the truth until one of my friends who lives on the east coast sent me an invite on Facebook. We average 6 games a week. Maybe you can find an online buddy to play?

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Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

I love Scrabble, I play it all the time on FB. I am not very good at it but I do not care. I lose with style!

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cre8ivOne 5 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Hey Cutters

Scrabble is great whether you win or lose! Glad you have fun with it. : )

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I love a game of scrabble with my hubby, it get's very competitive! I didn't realise there were so many acceptable 2 letter words!

Thank you for sharing.

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Thanks for sharing these scrabble fun facts, cre8ivone! It's a great game to play, especially on a rainy day. I always end up with too many "I"s on my board. LOL.

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

I think any games we play to promote language is wonderful. Have you tried Bananagrams?

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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

My favorite board games are word and letter games too. I've been wondering whether to buy the Scrabble game for my iPod touch. I think I'll go ahead now that I've read your hub!

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fun topic for a hub! Personally I like Boggle better than Scrabble when it comes to word games, but I do enjoy Scrabble, too (especially when the people I'm playing with aren't overly competitive/obsessive about the game...).

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cre8ivOne 5 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Thanks for all the great comments Cloverleaf, MovieMaster,Sally, Alicia and randomcreative!

I have played Bananagrams it's a great game too! I also bought the game called Pairs in Pears pretty fun.

Alicia I think you will really enjoy playing Scrabble on your IPod touch!

Randomcreative, I know exactly what you mean about people being too competitive, it takes all the fun out of a game if people are getting chippy with you!

Have a Scrabble-ific night!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

I love any games that make learning such fun so thank you for sharing such a bright gem.

Take care


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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Love it but hard to get people to play,


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cre8ivOne 5 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Thanks ladies

I think Scrabble is so much fun but in the hurried world we live in seems like it's hard to find the time to play. The past several months two of my friends have been playing me on my Facebook account and I can also access it on my phone so I appreciate technology for that purpose : )

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love scrabble. Thanks to remind us how fun this game. Well done and vote up! Keep on good work.


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cre8ivOne 3 years ago from Midwest, USA Author

Thanks much Prasetto!

I play Scrabble every day and I thought it was a good and educational game that makes your mind work, but in a fun way!

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