National Scrabble Day

April 13th is the birthday of Poughkeepsie, New York Architect Alfred Mosher Butts (1899-1993), inventor of the Scrabble game in 1931. Originally called “Criss Cross,” he based it on both the crossword puzzle and anagrams.

In 1948, the game was renamed “Scrabble.” Both Mattel and Hasbro hold the trademarks, depending on whether the game is in North America or Europe. It is said that one-third of homes in the USA have a Scrabble game, along with half the homes in Great Britain.

Oh, and if you want a wildly insane score, theoretically, oxyphenbutazone will deliver a cool 1,778 points if connected to certain other words. Unlikely? Impossible? Okay… you are more apt to hit the highest scoring 7-letter word: muzjiks.

Me? I’ll settle for any word where I can use a “q.”

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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