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Offline MymarTopic starter

Are you good at scrabble?
« on: July 22, 2015, 05:06:32 PM »
I'm terrible at scrabble, yet I'm good at figuring out phrase and word meanings if there is enough context. What are your strengths in language?

Offline Blaskovich

Re: Are you good at scrabble?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2015, 06:34:29 PM »
Well, Scrabble's more of a memory game than anything.  Like that guy a while back who won a French Scrabble championship without knowing any French: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/21/424980378/winner-of-french-scrabble-title-does-not-speak-french

  He just memorized a ton of words in a french dictionary, like studying for a spelling bee.  He still can't speak it at all and doesn't know the meaning of the words, but he memorized correct letter orders and that's all that matters in that game.

Offline Mathim

Re: Are you good at scrabble?
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2015, 06:39:55 PM »
I'm terrible at scrabble, yet I'm good at figuring out phrase and word meanings if there is enough context. What are your strengths in language?

I'm a very self-conscious thesaurus-style speaker. I mentally note every word I say and try as often as possible to substitute in other words so I refrain from repeating the same ones. I'm pretty good at it after so much practice. It helps me expand my lexicon.

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Re: Are you good at scrabble?
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2015, 09:14:56 AM »
Exceptionally good, but my degree is in English.

For fun we played it in Middle English.

It's not all about vocabulary though. It is about knowing what pieces you've got to work with. So more like poker.

Unless you just like the vocab aspect in which case you poach a bunch of sets' tiles and go to town. :3