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Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground (edition 2015)
by John D. Williams Jr (Author)
Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground by John D. Williams Jr.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0871407736, Hardcover)
A zany, one-of-a-kind memoir brings to life the obsessions, madness, and glory of the SCRABBLE® culture— from living-room players to world champions.Beginning his career on a lark as a freelance contributor to SCRABBLE® News, John D. Williams Jr. fell down a rabbit hole inhabited by gamers, geeks, and the grammar police. Having served as executive director of the National SCRABBLE® Association for twenty-five years, Williams now takes readers inside the byzantine, dog-eat-dog world of top tournament players, creating a piquant (sevenletter word, 68 points!) work that is part pop-cultural history, part anthropological fieldwork. Whether reminiscing about past national champions (the highest recorded SCRABBLE® score is 830), helpfully providing a list of offensive words once banned from SCRABBLE®, opining on the number of vowelless words that are allowable (cmw for Welsh deep-walled basin, or nth for the ultimate degree), noting how long it takes a word to get into the SCRABBLE® dictionary, or why there remain more male than female champions, Williams has created a memorable work that will fascinate both amateurs and seasoned experts alike. 15 illustrations
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"Explores anagrams, palindromes, the highest-scoring Scrabble plays of all time, [and] the birth of the World Scrabble Championship, as well as many of the more colorful figures that inhabit this subculture. Die-hard word fans will find ... tips on how top players see their boards and racks to come up with the best play, how they prepare, and the psychology of tournament competition. Those uninitiated in the mysteries of Scrabble mania will find a ... memoir about all the fun people have with language and how words shape our lives and culture in unexpected ways"--Dust jacket flap.
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