Today is Scrabble Day. It is celebrated in honor of the birthday of its inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts. Alfred was an American architect, born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1899. After losing his job, he invented the game in 1938. It has since gone through several hands and more than 150 million games have been sold worldwide. You can read more about Alfred and the evolution of Scrabble here.
I want to mention two things about this day:
First, I think it’s a little bit cool that one of my favorite games was invented by a man with the last name Butts. Not because it’s funny (okay, maybe I chuckled a little), but because I have Butts in my tree; they married into the Diefenbach family. I can’t stop my do-over right now to find out if we are actually related to Alfred, but believe me – it’s on my to-do list!
Second, there aren’t enough Cs, Ks, or Hs in the actual game. If there were, I wouldn’t have had to use two blanks to complete my surname puzzle! (Also – if we could use proper nouns in the game, I would totally win with this board – look at all those Hs, Ks, and Ys!) Supposedly, Alfred used the front page of the New York Times as a gauge to see how many times letters were used. He should have read his local Poughkeepsie newspaper … then I would have more Ks and Hs!
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