Word of the day: Scrabble! - Blog - CFCY
April 13, 2021 | by: jolene

Word of the day: Scrabble!

It’s National Scrabble Day! The almost 90 year old game is sold in 121 countries around the world, in 33 different languages and 150 MILLION copies have been sold world wide! But where did it begin?

It Began With a Crash

There were many victims of America’s Great Depression in 1929. But in 1933 an out of work architect named Alfred Mosher Butts invented a game that would lift the spirits of millions.

Hailing from Poughkeepsie, New York, Butts had taken to analyzing popular games, defining three different categories: number games, such as dice and bingo; move games, such as chess and checkers; and word games, such as anagrams. He also noted, “…there is one thing that keeps word games from being as popular as card games: they have no score.”

Attempting to combine the thrill of chance and skill, Butts entwined the elements of anagrams and the classic crossword puzzle into a scoring word game first called LEXIKO. This was then refined during the early 1930s and 1940s to become CRISS CROSS WORDS.

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How to celebrate Scrabble Day

  1. Host a Scrabble party
  2. Bake Scrabble themed cookies
  3. Play Scrabble on an app!