Studying Scrabble Situations

So perhaps the title is deceptive, but I am a sucker for alliteration.  So if I lured anybody intothis thread under false pretenses, I sincerely apologize.

I am by no means a scrabble master, (or even apprentice.  I would clasify myself as slightly below average)  But a situation came up that made me curious as to other peoples scrabble experiences.  

Here is the background to my question.   A while back, the phone company was working down the road from my workplace, and unbeknownst to us, or them took out our network.   We wound up being down for aproximately 6 hours.  So after catching up on all the busy work we had been putting off in favor of more productive things, we decided to take an extended lunch break.   Out came the scrabble board, which we have at work for just such emergencies.  (and back when a few of us used to play at work a couple of years ago) 

So we were playing.  Myself, The boss, Stefan (with michelle)  Lucky Tim (we call him lucky Tim because that happened to be his first day on the job.)  And The temp.  So, I'm not going to review the game, because I don't remember it well,   and it is insignifacant to my startling discovery.

Looking at the board after the game, nobody used any verbs.  (other than "is" and "be" and those 2-3 letter ones)  There wasn't even an "-ing" word.  Then thinking back to other scrabble games, other than piling "ing" at the end of a word, Most people I play with don't use verbs.  Pretty much everything is a noun.  I don't recall really adverbs & adjectives either.  So anyway, I wonder if it's just me & the people I've played that are object oriented, or if its a scrabble phenomenon.  I also wonder how many words I have missed out on in my life because really I mostly only think of nouns. 


In my (also no expert) experience,  verbs are not uncommon at all in Scrabble. When I have a new rack of letters, the first things I look for are -ED (often for past-tense verbs), -ING (verb), and -ER. Add an S to the end and it's even better.

At that point I either realize the rest of my letters are garbage or I find a great word that I just can't fit on the board. Then I get frustrated and click the "BEST WORD" button on the program (did I mention that I'm playing a computer version?) because I have no patience.

That would be totally handy.  A best word button.  Actually I can see where that would come in useful in more than just scrabble. 

   I often (well at least twice) have found an awesome word that I just can't fit on the board.  That gets frustrating.  But then i start looking the other way.  My brother-in-law is an architect who thinks spacially.  So when we have played at thanksgiving.  He will sit there staring at the board, and then play 2 letters for  8-12 points because of where they fit in.   So I have started trying to emulate his style.  I'm still trying, but i'm getting better.  The best part is that the gameboard becomes much more visually pleasing.  It looks more like a real crossword puzzle.  (well a little more anyway)

For some reason my mind blockes out the -ed's & the -ers.   I usually look for -s and -ing.    I really want a best word button.

 It's not EXACTLY the same as the best word button, but Franklin makes an electronic Scrabble dictionary (now available for 4th Edition, so I need a new one!) that acts as a dictionary (complete with Scrabble-style super-short definitions) and can also find the best word in a group of tiles. What it CAN'T do, at least not without some work, is take the bonus spaces into account. I seem to remember that there was a way to do it that was more trouble than it was worth.

I always enjoyed playing and writing down my tiles as I went, then using the dictionary afterwards to see what words I missed.

I like Scrabble a bunch, but I refuse to spend time studying word lists. There's a suprisingly good version of it for the standard video iPod. Although, they're announcing new iPods next week and hopefully there will be a 64GB iPod Touch on there, because I covet the touch but can't live on "only" 32GB. But that's got almost nothing to do with the topic at hand.

Well actually my daughter has the ipod.  But I am being tempted by the ipod touch.  ( I am incredilby anti phone but the iphone with out the phone looks very awesome)   But the scrabble dictionary looks very handy in it's own right.  But will it help me with spelling?  I have icons to mirriam-websters on every computer I use because of my horrible spelling habits. 

I am similar to you in that I refuse to memorize lists of words.  But I do love words, and subscribe to several different word of the day lists.  Also, I have become quite a fan of Quiddler which is a fun word making card game.  It's main drawback is that the rules encourage people to rush to go out & leave their opponents with points rather than building a better hand.

But my daughter recently picked up Snatch  which looks like good scrabble training.  It's a set of letter tiles similar to scrabble.  But without the board.  You share the pool of tiles, and take turns flipping over individual tiles letter side up.  on your turn if you see a word, you call it and put it into your playing area.   If you see letters that you can play off of your opponents word (to verb, adverb, or adjectivize it) You get to claim your opponents word & the tiles to modify it.  Which I think will help with seeing options in scrabble.  I don't remember the specifics anymore, but we had a couple of words that changed hands 3+ times.  And even completely changed the word.  

 But back to the important stuff.  I can't even imagine what I would do with 64gigs of itouch.  Except that judging fromt he law of the hard drive, I would fill it up before I even realized it.