Thursday, May 20, 2010

Scrabble

I suck at Scrabble. I mean, I suck dead bear dry. I don’t know if I get too caught up in trying to wow everyone with an OED-worthy word. Maybe I’m fixated on the triple-word score. Whatever the case, I get a serious ass-whupping every time, usually by a 7th grader or a great-grandparent.

I want to punch Scrabble and its smug 10-point Z tiles right where it counts—namely those 101 2-letter words—because they are a reminder of how inept I am. I like to avoid humiliation at all costs, so why would I belly up to the coffee table and let my friends and family in on the fact that my English degree was a waste, along with that dictionary I got for my 16th birthday? What good is it knowing big words when I get routinely trounced by xi, qi, and do re mi?

I may not get the triple-letter score but I do have a five-fingered fist that will produce a five-point word. In a word, OW.

8 comments:

GypsyT said...

I share your sentiment on Scrabble. I lose, because I'm always looking for wonderful words while my opponent is busy with triple scores. Still, I'd sure like to have someone to play with again.

Yet Another Steve said...

Another "me too!" here. Once people started using -- and getting away with! -- crap like xi, qi, and aa, I finally felt free to say "Sorry, I don't play."

April-Lyn said...

I really want to like Scrabble. I'm a smart girl - it's a game for smart people. But I fail. It can go take a nosedive off a cliff.

Doug said...

When our kids were little, my wife would get mad at me because I didn't just let them win. Now that they are grown, they kick my ass with glee whenever we get to play. I know they have learned to play better, but the question I wonder about is "Am I getting dumber?"

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Chris said...

What the hell? I, too, have been a life long English student and writer, and I hardly ever win. I'm convinced this game has a lot more to do with luck than with skill. Or, maybe I just feel better thinking that.

Marylyn said...

Yes! Me too! My history degree does not help with stupid Words With Friends will not allow place names! I always loose. Always get stuck with like "Q", 5 "C"'s and now vowels. Grrrr...