Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Underground by WILLIAMS, JOHN D., JR.

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Product Type : GAMES

Vendor : NOR

SKU : 9780871407733

CONDITION : Brand New Book

Pages: 256 pages
Release Date: 2015-06-22

Beginning his career on a lark as a freelance contributor to SCRABBLE(RT) 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(RT) 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(RT) score is 830), helpfully providing a list of offensive words once banned from SCRABBLE(RT), 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(RT) 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.Jo

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