Slightly offf topic! Word Freak

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Slightly offf topic! Word Freak

Post by JAC » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:10 am

Pulished in 2002 but I've just been given a copy of "Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players " ... Word+Freak

It shows another dimension entirely to 'nonsense' words. Keen scrabble players, need to know a great number of 2- and 3-letter words that can be used in scrabble. To everyone else they are not 'real' words but they are, really, and are in the SOWPODS dictionary - the legitimate list of words that can be used on the scrabble board.
So far this book is an entertaining read - it is surprisingly long - 372 pages!
In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis introduces readers to those few, exploring the underground world of colorful characters for which the Scrabble game is life-playing competitively in tournaments across the country. It is also the story of how the Scrabble game was invented by an unemployed architect during the Great Depression and how it has grown into the hugely successful, challenging, and beloved game it is today. Along the way, Fatsis chronicles his own obsession with the game and his development as a player from novice to expert. More than a book about hardcore Scrabble players, Word Freak is also an examination of notions of brilliance, memory, language, competition, and the mind that celebrates the uncanny creative powers in us all.

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