Did you know that Saturday, April 13, was National Scrabble Day?
Author David Bukszpan gave GalleyCat a list of book-related words you can play in Scrabble. It includes suggestions like JAY GATS BY and LADY MIDDLE TON.
The last time I played Scrabble I was sitting in a tent in Canada during a thunderstorm. My sister and I had barely claimed our camping spot when the skies let loose on a July afternoon. We sat huddled in sleeping bags, sipping homemade apple cider, using our wits to outdo the other’s word choices. Unfortunately, I think my highest scoring word was BANJO.
I lost of course – my sister is an English teacher who loves Scrabble – but that’s beside the point.
Scrabble should be a required hobby for anyone in the business of publishing words. Think of how creative we could get with the inspiration that comes from placing an eighteen-point word!
But then again I think about Scrabble games I’ve played with my parents, both very clever individuals, where a dictionary must always be present. There’s no telling what words my father will generate or that the A-L-C-E-A placed by my mother is another name for hollyhocks. She is the queen of obscure words my father and I know nothing about. (These are important facts to remember for anyone playing Scattergories with her or my father.)
In a previous Director Dish post, Donna declared that she is a lover of words. She even talked about playing Scrabble and Words with Friends! This is clear proof that a) all press directors must love words, b) all people who love words play Scrabble and Words with Friends, c) anyone in the publishing industry has, at some point in their life, played a word game, and d) I should challenge Donna to a game of Scrabble.
Hmm… I wonder if she would be up for a friendly competition.
Or maybe the Marketeers and I will attempt a game.
ATTN in-house staff: If anyone hears commotion in the marketing room, it’s because I stole Bukszpan’s idea of JAY KAY ROW LING.