What Do Scrabble and Healthy Eating Have in Common?

Jiver (n.): one that jives.

Unmixt (v.): to combine into one mass, collection, or assemblage.

Banjax (v.): to defeat utterly, clobber.

If you have ever heard any of these words before, you might just be a Scrabble player (and a good one at that).

Because, if you did not know, Scrabble, is all about forming letters to create words on a game board, so the more difficult words you can think of, the better your chances are of winning.Diet text on a wooden scrabble pieces

So…why are we talking about Scrabble?

Because National Scrabble Day is just around the corner!

(And you might be surprised to hear that healthful plant-based eating has quite a bit in common with the popular word-based game we all know and love. But I will tell you why a little bit later).

First, Let’s Talk a Little About Scrabble

If you have never played a game of Scrabble, you might be wondering what all the hype is about. Played by two to four people, Scrabble challenges players to form words from individual letters on a game board with a 15×15 grid marked out. Whoever scores the highest (comes up with the most words) wins, so having a large vocabulary is definitely an asset.

And for all the Scrabble lovers out there, you now have the perfect excuse to gather your friends for an exciting game because April 13th is National Scrabble Day!

A Brief History of Scrabble

Originally called “Lexiko,” Scrabble was invented by game lover Alfred Mosher Butts in 1931. Shortly after, the name was changed to “Criss-Cross Words,” before eventually settling on “Scrabble.”

Over the years, Scrabble has continued to grow in popularity and has been sold in 121 countries with versions available in 29 different languages.

Around the world, over 50 million Scrabble sets have been sold to date, and the game was officially inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2004.

Some Weird Scrabble Words

If you ever find yourself in an intense game of Scrabble, it is a good idea to have some interesting and less traditional vocabulary words in your back pocket. For example, keep some of these words in mind:

  • Zaxes: a hatchet-like tool for cutting and punching nail holes in roofing slate.national scrabble day
  • Crepuscular: something that is of or relating to twilight.
  • Petrichor: the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.
  • Nesh: more than usually susceptible to the cold.
  • Aeneus: brassy or golden green in color.

And Some Fun Scrabble Facts

Besides obscure vocabulary words, there are some other interesting facts about Scrabble, including:

  • The Date. April 13th, the day National Scrabble Day is celebrated, is actually the birthday of the game’s inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts.
  • The Process. The game was invented in 1931, but it did not officially become trademarked until 1948.
  • The Road to Success. Scrabble grew in popularity when an executive at Macy’s discovered it while on vacation.
  • The Game Show. Scrabble eventually became so popular that it officially turned into a daytime game show on NBC in 1984.

The Scrabble-Food Connection

Apr10_ChefRecipeSo…why am I talking about Scrabble?

And what is the connection between healthful eating and Scrabble?

Well, in reality, Scrabble is just like food. It is a simple pleasure intended to be enjoyed in the company of friends and family!

And when you are playing, it is an absolutely perfect occasion to prepare a healthful dish for everyone to enjoy.

In that spirit, I have hand-selected a gorgeous recipe for you—it is called Fusilli alla Puttanesca.

Not only is it healthful and delicious, you just might want to write this one down because it could also double as a winning Scrabble word!