Posted By P & L Blog

Scrabble celebrated its 60th birthday last week.  Alfred Mosher Butts, the inventor, determined the distribution of the letters by studying the front page of The New York Times.  He first named the game Lexico, followed by Criss Cross Words before coming up with Scrabble.


For all you word lovers, here are some fun facts about the world's most popular word game:


  • Scrabble is available in 29 different languages.
  • The English version of the game has 100 tiles while the Portuguese and Italian games have 120.
  • The word "scrabble" comes from the Dutch word meaning to claw or scrape.
  • Japanese and Chinese versions of the game do not exist, but a rule book is available for speakers of both languages.
  • World championships are held in English, French, and Spanish.
  • The official Scrabble website provides information in 5 languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, and English.


More fun facts are available from the Daily Telegraph which published a list to commemorate Scrabble's 60 years of popularity:


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