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Scrabble - Highs and Lows
Mattel Scrabble Original
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Mattel Scrabble Original
Date: 13/11/12, updated on 01/10/13 (36 review reads)
Advantages: Great potentially addictive fun
Disadvantages: Potentially addictive. Can be quite emotional.
Scrabble - a good old-fashioned word game that still appeals across the generations. In our family we like to make some of our own rules up. We don't like the Official Scrabble Word Dictionary. How is 'Ba', for example, acceptable and what does it mean? We have a copy but it hardly ever sees the light of day. We allow the use of the English dictionary if the word looked up is shared with the other playes and the meaning read out so that we all learn from it.
Rules in 2010 have declared pronouns (sorry, I mean proper nouns) are allowed - absolutely not allowed in our family. It's unbelievable that I can place down my tiles and make the name, 'John'. No, we are not going to go that far into modern play. It's sacrilege!
From the educational perspective this is great for counting and spelling. Each player places seven tiles on their rack and in turn lay down tiles to make words that produce the highest possible score. Someone must keep score which involves adding and if players have tiles left over at the end of their game their tile numbers must be subtracted from their total and given over to the person who managed to use up their final letters. In our family we take it in turns to score so no person, none of us are keen on maths, is left having to keep score every time we play a new game and we play a lot of games! Despite a lifetime of practice none of us qualify, as yet, for the world champions.
Despite all the adrenalin pumping computer games, Scrabble is as ever popular throughout the world and looks like it will continue to have a strong future. Scrabble can be exciting and challenging and adrenaline pumping. My grandmother experienced hot flushes every time she played because she got so competitive!
If you don't want to delight in the vocabulary of the English language then how about in Welsh, French, or with Chinese symbols - the list goes on and on. But unless you happen to be a doctor, do not play against them, or lawyers for that matter. I made that mistake by playing two doctors. Now I know they did seven years of a medical degree and some but it is a very unfair advantage. I normally win every single game so it was like being thrashed alive to play against doctors with an internal dictionary of medical terminology which I had never heard of before. I found myself moaning that it was not fair and my poor grandmother, who took Scrabble extremely seriously, felt the need to find a reason to leave the game altogether and go and deadhead the roses (rather violently, I thought). I will never ever play Scrabble with doctors again and nor should you unless you are one. It's a humiliating experience.
So be warned this can be an emotional game. When I play against my mum I often manage to put down a seven letter word which is not an easy thing to do and I'm sure a great deal of luck over the letters that emerge on the rack are involved. Mum will slap her thigh, or the table, and declare, 'I don't believe it. How do you do that?' Her face gets quite red an she huffs and she puffs and she does everything she can to block the triple words, double words and double letter scores, on the board, from me. Speaking of Mum's I think it's a very healthy way for them to exercise their brains!
Why would you not buy the wonderful game of Scrabble?
Summary: Great Game for family for fun and continued learning.