Friday, February 18, 2005

I Always Wondered

I always wondered how the letters in the game of Scrabble got their point values. I love playing Scrabble -- it is such a mentally challenging game. The game was invented by Alfred Butts, an unemployed architect in 1948. He reportedly used the front page of The New York Times to determine how often letters were used in words, and somehow assigned point values to the letters. It was orginally called Lexiko and Criss-crosswords before it got its current name. Needless to say, my favorite letter is "Q".