April 13 is National Scrabble Day. Yes, one of the most challenging board games is more popular and competitive than ever. Here’s how to celebrate this very wordy holiday!
In case you know only video games, Scrabble is a board game for up to four players that encourages you to get rid of your letter tiles by forming words on a board in left-to-right rows or downward columns. It’s much more challenging than you might think!
Mattel and Hasbro, two gigantic toy companies, share the Scrabble trademark and have made the game available in 121 countries in over 30 languages. They’ve sold over 150 million sets, making Scrabble one of the most popular board games in history!
April 13 is Scrabble Day, and it’s an invitation to dust off that board game and spend some quality time with your loved ones around the table. Scrabble can be pretty competitive, though, so local, national and international tournaments exist and have been growing in numbers.
With a more recent Scrabble online, the game’s popularity has increased exponentially. Still, there’s nothing like having your neatly aligned tiles in front of you. Watching your opponents’ poker faces is definitely part of the game!
Use the hashtag #nationalscrabble day to find tournaments near you and exhibition games and visit your local toy store to see if they’re up to something. Scrabble has fans of all ages, and you’ll be surprised by the level of the finest players — they use words you didn’t know existed. How cool is that?
When your favorite board game has its own national holiday, you know you’re in for a good time. Get that dictionary out and start studying because Scrabble is ruthless.
History of National Scrabble Day
National Scrabble Day, celebrated every April 13, commemorates the Scrabble creator’s birthday. Mr. Alfred Mosher Butts (1899-1993) was an American architect and game maker who released Scrabble in 1938 under the name Lexico, which then was changed to Criss Cross Words, and finally to Scrabble.
After a series of failures to launch the game, Alfred sold the rights to entrepreneur James Brunot, who eventually cracked it by selling the board game at Macy’s.
With national and international tournaments both physical and online, and with appearances on prime-time TV shows, Scrabble has immense popularity, and events exist throughout the calendar. The National Scrabble day is significant in the US, home to the prestigious North American Scrabble Championship and the National School Scrabble Championship.
We can thank the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) for creating the National Scrabble Day, so check their website out!
How to Celebrate National Scrabble Day
Get together with friends and family for a game of Scrabble. Dust off that board and get playing! If you’re feeling competitive, today’s the day to join a scrabble tournament. Will you end up on top?
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