Good news,word nerds. For the first time in nearly a decade, Scrabble has decided to add a new word to their official player’s dictionary. Even better news: they are letting players choose that word. From now until March 28, you can visit Hasbro Game Night’s Facebook page and and enter your word in the #ScrabbleWordShowdown. In April, the public will be able to vote on 16 options, and the winning word will be added to the dictionary in August.So far, nominees include Zen, Emotypo, Qwirkle, Onesie, Ziyaad and Kwyibo. I’m pulling for Onesie, concept wise, Kwyibo, points wise. Add your suggestions in the comments. [People]
We’re writers, so of course Scrabble is one of our all-time favorite games, meaning we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to turn it into a Craft Of The Day. Enter this awesome Scrabble tile sign. All you need to do is pick a short but sweet message you like to live by, grab the corresponding letter tiles and follow the directions below! And remember, if you don’t have miscellaneous tiles lying around and don’t want to ruin the game, you can always find similar pieces at your local craft store. Read more…
Not to brag, but I am currently smoking Ami in Words With Friends. The Scrabble-based game is my current favorite time-waster and in addition to playing against Ami, I’m also squaring off against Julie, John DeVore (who keeps resigning because he says he doesn’t like his letters), and a bunch of other friends. Yeah, so, sometimes I lose (okay, at least 50 percent of the time), but on those occasions when I actually win, ahh, the victory is so, so sweet. Do you think it would be considered poor sportsmanship to celebrate my triumph by drinking out of this sweet Scrabble mug in front of those I’ve conquered? Ahh, who cares. Doin’ it.
Ain’t no T-H-A-N-G. Did you know that latest edition of Scrabble includes 3,000 new words? Sure does, G-R-R-L! The new Scrabble approved words are a mixture of technological terms, colloquialisms, proper nouns, and slang phrases that have gained popularity since the 2007 version of the game. Naturally, some of these slang terms have hardcore players feeling uncomfortable while others find the new list progressive. So tell everyone you know on F-A-C-E-B-O-O-K about this very important news you read on our W-E-B-Z-I-N-E. Get your word ready. Scrabble is about to get B-L-I-N-G-Y, I-N-N-I-T? [The Scotsman] Keep reading »
Hold on to your tiles, people. Scrabble has changed its rules. Starting in June, if you buy a new Scrabble board, proper nouns will officially be fair play in the classic word game. A Scrabble spokesperson explained that this is to “introduce an element of popular culture into the game.” They continued, “This is one of a number of twists and challenges included that we believe existing fans will enjoy and will also enable younger fans and families to get involved.” It’s the first change in the game’s rules since 1948. [BBC]
So what names, places, and brand names should you start playing? After the jump, a handy cheat sheet. Keep reading »
Carving our initials—D + J = <3 4ever!—into the side of a tree with might be super-romantic, but it’s not especially green. So my boyfriend and I are scoping out ways to wear each other’s initials instead. We’re not quite at the engagement ring stage, though, and tattoos aren’t either of our scenes.
Thank-heavens-for-Etsy, there’s more than a few cute initialed doodads online. I’m sweet on the Black Diamond edition Scrabble tiles ($5.75) or the
typewriter key letters ($24.99), both of which are funky ways to wear a “D” around my neck. But someone who doesn’t like to wear jewelry—like my bf—might prefer this sweet-ass engraved guitar pick ($28).
Too cute, right? Keep reading »
I like pink. Exhibit A: my bubble gum-colored toe nail polish. Exhibit B: my favorite pink mug. But even I am a taken aback by the onslaught of board games lately that have gotten girly, pinkified makeovers. Take, for example, Designer’s Edition Scrabble, which comes in a powder pink box complete with the word F-A-S-H-I-O-N spelled out on the cover. The Toys ‘R’ Us website says it has “style, taste and elegant accessories like a pastel rotating gameboard, pearlescent letter tiles and embroidered fabric pouch. All the fashionable game pieces are designed with a woman in mind, but with the same Scrabble challenge you know and love.” I don’t care if the letters are pearlized. In Scrabble, the only thing I notice is the look on your face when I beat your ass with a killer seven-letter word like X-I-P-H-O-I-D.
Scrabble isn’t the only classic game that’s been pinkified in an attempt to lure in “girly” consumers. Check out the others after the jump. Keep reading »
Catherine and I are obsessed with playing Scrabulous on Facebook. It’s the web application that mimics the fun of Scrabble, only without the opportunity for your opponent to peek (or Hasbro’s approval). In addition to playing your friends on FB, you can also play total strangers on Scrabulous.com, and according to Nerve, your chances of getting hit on while looking for a use for that “Q” are pretty high. Here’s how it goes down — when you’re playing on the company’s website, you can opt to play at an Open Table — players who’ve started their own tables can describe the kind of competitor they’re looking for. “For example,” writes Will Doig, “You’re looking for a high-level player (Scrabulous rates players with its own ranking system) who wants to play in real-time (as opposed to over the course of several days) and who is a twenty-something, buxom brunette with filthy syntax.” Um, really? In all the many hours I’ve spent playing Scrabulous online (Shut up! You can’t watch TV and do the New York crossword all the time!), I’ve never had anyone ask me what I was wearing. Neither has Catherine. What’s a girl gotta do to get a lil’ dirty word play? [Nerve.com] Keep reading »