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Each year on National Scrabble Day, April 13, a game played around the world is recognized. Initially named Lexiko then Criss-Cross Words, Alfred Mosher Butts finally opted for the name Scrabble. The unemployed amateur artist and architect developed the pun in the midst of the Depression. Yet it wasn’t until 1948, a final name change and trademark that Butts finally began producing the game.

Scrabble is played with two to four players who score points by forming words from individual tiles on a game board marked with a 15 x 15 grid.

In the United States, the Scrabble name is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc. Scrabble is sold in 121 countries with 29 different language versions. Worldwide, more than 150 million sets have been sold with sets found in nearly one-third of American homes.

  • 1984 – Scrabble became a daytime game show on NBC
  • 2004 – Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame
  • Some cities sponsor Scrabble tournaments the weekend closest to National Scrabble Day
  • The word “scrabble” means “frenzied fumbling”.

HOW TO WATCH #NationalScrabbleDay

  • Call your friends and play a game or two of Scrabble!
  • Mix it too. There are several ways to play the game if you want to switch things up a bit.
  • For instance:
    • Scrabble solitaire challenges you to your own word game if you spend time alone.
    • Another version allows players to play names only, but they earn bonus points for playing names that are both a proper name and an approved Scrabble word.
  • Once you’ve played a game, take the final board and create a crossword using this model. Expand word clues and see if others can solve the puzzle.
  • You can also learn more about board games by reading 7 stories behind our favorite games.
  • Do you have any fun alternative ways to play the game? Use #NationalScrabbleDay to post on social media.


National Scrabble Day commemorates the birth of Alfred Mosher Butts, born April 13, 1899. However, our research had not identified the day’s founder.

Scrabble FAQs

Q. Do you have to be a word geek to win at Scrabble?
A. No, but it helps. More importantly, you need to understand the score and know how to take advantage of each point. Scrabble is as much a game of numbers as it is a game of words.

Q. What are the best two-letter Scrabble words to play?
A. Some people might be surprised to know that strategically playing two-letter words can provide a powerful score. Try playing these two-letter words the next time you play. Hit that double or triple score or line them up with other existing words and you’ll hit the jackpot!

  • chopped
  • yeah
  • by
  • yes
  • eh
  • em
  • ex
  • um
  • what
  • who
  • my
  • Okay
  • op
  • hey
  • Qi
  • sh
  • uh
  • at the top
  • we
  • xi
  • xu
  • za

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