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Speak Scrabblese And Win


The WildWords Game Company is looking for a few good Scrabble(R) players fluent in Scrabblese.

Peter Roizen, the inventor of the WildWords Crossword Board Game, defines Scabblese as “the collection of odd, short words in the Official Scrabble Dictionary that never appear in print media and are never spoken. ’FAQIR’ is an excellent example,” adds Roizen who says he has no idea what it means.

WildWords, unlike Scrabble(R), is played with a complete English vocabulary with an emphasis on long words. Special tiles marked with an asterisk and special board game squares may be used to represent any series of one or more letters. Thus the play “QUA

  • IST” could be the word “QUARTERFINALIST” with the asterisk representing all the letters in the middle. A knowledge of Scrabblese is not a prerequisite to becoming an excellent WildWords player.

    “We think many serious Scrabble(R) players would more enjoy the flexibility and challenge of WildWords, but we don’t know how to approach them. We simply don’t speak their language, and an English to Scrabblese dictionary does not exist. So we’re having a contest to try to find a slogan these players will understand. If it were only Pig Latin, I would go with a translated quote from a reviewer, maybe, ’ONSTA OREMA UNFA HANTA CRABBLESA(RA)’” states Roizen.

    Contest entries must be a promotional phrase for WildWords written entirely in Scrabblese. The selected winner will receive a free copy of WildWords and a suitable reference dictionary for playing it.

    “You can’t play WildWords with the Official Scrabble Dictionary which contains only about four percent of the words you might play in Wildwords,” adds Roizen.

    Entries must be submitted by December 1st via the “Contact Us” button at the website and will be checked against the Official Scrabble Dictionary to determine their meaning.

    “I am hopeful and waiting to see what turns up,” says Roizen, “but I know Scrabblese is not very expressive as languages go.”


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