A general view of a Scrabble board during rounds 1 to 3 of the 24-round Scrabble Champions Tournament, during the Mind Sports International World Championships held at ExCel on November 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
What is an eight-letter word that is also a great game for those who think they have an extended vocabulary? The answer is Scrabble and April 13 is the day to celebrate the board game that gets you thinking and spelling.
Here are nine fast facts about Scrabble.
1. Inventor Alfred Mosher Butts first got the idea for the word game in 1930, a year before he was laid off from his job as an architect.
3. Scrabble officially went into mass production in 1948, but didn’t become popular with American families until 1952, when legend states Macy’s started to sell it.
4. The Highest Word Score on record with the North American Scrabble Players Association was played by Karl Khoshnaw during a tournament on April 11, 1982. The word was: CAZIQUES. It was 392 points. It is the plural of cazique, a type of birth in South America.
5. There are 101 “official” two letter words recognized by Hasbro for Scrabble play.