If you’re a writer (and if you’re reading this, I’m assuming you are), you most likely enjoy playing with words. After all, that IS what writing is about, isn’t it? Choosing and maneuvering and finagling the 26 letters in the English language into words, and those words into sentences, to paragraphs, to chapters, etc. etc.

It’s amazing how many different words can be made with the two dozen and two letters at our disposal. And, of course, putting them in sentences is only ONE way to “play” with them. Another involves a game created by a man who was born 113 years ago today.

Today, my friends, is National Scrabble Day, in honor of the birth of this game’s creator, Alfred Butts, on April 13, 1899. After losing his job as an architect during the Depression, Butts created the popular word game in 1938. According to Wikipedia, the game is sold in 121 countries and there are 29 different language versions. Approximately 150 million sets have been sold worldwide, and sets are found in roughly one-third of American homes. (Including mine!)

I don’t know about you, but Facebook Scrabble is one of my favorite diversions. Somehow, it doesn’t feel like procrastination or avoidance of writing – I’m still working with words, right?? (Please let me live in my little delusional world, folks. I like it here :D)

And since it’s National Scrabble Day, perhaps I’ll spend a bit MORE time over there (or perhaps even pull out the “real-life” game and give it a play.

Are you a Scrabble fan? Do you plan to “celebrate” Scrabble day? Any fun Scrabble stories?

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