Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Beyonce - must get the Y on a triple

I'm a bit shocked. I've just read that the rules of Scrabble have changed. You are now able to put proper nouns in - place names and celebrity names. Imagine - you are sitting there racking your brains to put decent words down and get the best possible score; you then see your opponent putting down Jedward* -with the J on a triple. You're finished.

I filched this next image from that rag, The Daily Mail - it gives you a good idea of the modern celebrity numpty names that can now be used.



*Obviously I don't like Jedward's music (they can't sing) but they do have a certain charm and very even features.

35 comments:

Nora Johnson said...

Fortunately (for Scrabble), I don't play the game otherwise I'd be setting up a "Save Our Scrabble" campaign! Can't think of anything worse than being confronted by more "Beyonce" and "Beckham". They get quite enough free PR as it is!!

XOXO LOLA:)
Angry of Andalucia!

willow said...

A Scrabble match takes place at the manor every single weekend when WT is in town. We're such old schoolers. I don't think we'll be switching to the proper noun version any time soon.

Ayak said...

Hmm...it almost sounds a bit like cheating doesn't it? Half the fun of scrabble is the difficulty of trying to find words that are legitimate within the rules..now it will be too easy.

Yes...I agree about Jedward...there's something really quite likeable about them. I think with the right management they could end up as the next Ant and Dec.

Steve said...

I'm never playing Scrabble again if the only thing that might save me is Victoria Beckham...!

Mark said...

It's just wrong. No more to be said.

French Fancy said...

Nora - I think the Scrabble purists will not cheapen the games they play. I'd like to think that includes me, however, if I suddenly have all the letters to put down something like Nureyev (V or Y on a triple) then I might just do that,

willow - Mr FF and I also are regular players and when he was in Paris we would play over Facebook. It really is one of the best things about FB as far as I'm concerned

ayak - yes, it does seem like cheating and if I were to play with a 'youngster' (anyone under 40) I wouldn't know most of the rap stars they would probably put down.

I think Jedward were likeable and fun and I want them to succeed.

Steve - I bet your tiles would be all chocolatey

Mark - yes, it is wrong. We go by my old Chambers Scrabble dictionary circa 1982. That is it - there is no way I am buying another updated book.

Dumdad said...

I'll continue to scrabble in the old-fashioned way.

ladyfi said...

Well, I guess you don't have to follow those new rules...?

Had to laugh at 'they have very even features'...

Laura [What I Like] said...

That is an absolutely appalling addition to the rules!

Monalisa said...

I love Scrabble. My daughter and boyfriend came for dinner last night and we played. I won.
I don't think I'll mention these new rules, I like the old way...

French Fancy said...

Dumdad - the verb ' To Scrabble' made me laugh. I don't know why really - it just sounds funny.

Fi - Well, I could say they have the most stunning faces - but with silly hair. Their talent is in their looks and their charm.

Laura - yes, isn't it a shame.

Monalisa - yes, stay schtum

Rob-bear said...

Some people just can't leave a good thing alone. Sigh! I'm going to ignore the rule change.

And who or what is Jedward?

French Fancy said...

Rob - I bet they are trying to win over the chavvy generation to this fabuous game - as if they would even bother trying to play!

Jedward are Irish twins from a reality talent show - they had no talent for singing and divided the UK as to whether they were rubbish or really rather funny

Desert said...

Crikey...........Scrabble discrimination........shocked of Surrey!!

Sarah said...

My goodness, fancy dumbing down Scrabble just so those to thick to know how to spell any actual words can play.

Good thing we can ignore the new rules :)

POBOX said...

This is 2010 ... there are no proper anythings, including nouns.

Angie Muresan said...

I do not like this at all! I certainly will not adopt the new changes.

Contemporary Troubadour said...

Oh that's totally not the same then! I think I'd much prefer the former Scrabble. We just discovered the online version a few months ago; that's an excellent way to play when you're apart from your favorite opponent ...

Lulu LaBonne said...

We've been playing nonsense versions of Scrabble for years - I always love the fight at the end!

Elizabeth said...

well, I for one, won't be able to play ever again.....
sob sob

we used to play 'rude scrabble'
but there weren't enough 'u's

all is spoiled for me now......sigh

Ken Devine said...

We play by the rules in the box which is enough contention for us.

Alienne said...

Presumably this is dumbing down because the current younger generation have such limited vocabularies and such short attention spans that they cannot cope without the inclusion of the odd sleb. O tempora! O mores! I shall insist on the proper rules in my house, you have to make a stand somewhere.

e said...

Sod the new rules! If you want an interesting twist, try playing using dirty words or expressions.

mrwriteon said...

In a way I think this defiles Scrabble. On the other hands, crosswords have always called for proper names, so maybe I'm wrong.

Delana said...

About 6 months ago I played my first game of scrabble in French. I was allowed to use a dictionary...uh oh...rule breaker! I won! Only because I had a Y and an X, both are rare in the french language. However, I discovered in the dictionary that "sexy" and "Yoga" are used in French as well. A couple of x4 squares with 10 point letters and I was home free! so if I'm playing in French, I'll take any rule change I can get...in English, I'll always play the old way.

French Fancy said...

Desert - yes, it is a shock. It's the first ever rule change since the game's inception (conception?). Are you in Surrey now?

Sarah - yes, how Daily Mail of me to get outraged :p. It's true though, I was quite shocked when I read it. Of course it would have lent gravitas to my post if I had linked to the BBC or Guardian articles on it that I found later in the day. Chavvy old me with the DM.

Hello POBox - I tried to come and see you but you don't seem to be available. Thank you for stopping by though

Angie - nor us, well, not unless I have a cracking word like 'Kylie' with the K or Y on a triple letter and then double wording it.

CT - Facebook Scrabble kept us going these last few months. It was fun and such an easy system - and no having to collect the tiles at the end of the game (plus the smell of the green bag always used to be so odd)

Lulu - perhaps one day it will be your face round our table playing Nonsense Scrabble

Elizabeth - ooo, I've never played rude Scrabble (although a lot of those words are legitimate Scrabble words - says she with her out of date 1982 Scrabble dictionary)

Ken - it is my favourite board game of all time

CA - imagine if they started a text speak version of the game.
(falls over in a swoon - flls ovr ina swn)

e- you're the second commenter with the 'dirty' version. Yes, that would add a certain spice

Ian - no, you are not wrong. Well - we are in agreement so then we are both wrong

Delana - I've never played French Scrabble. I suppose some of the tiles are accented? Maybe not? Do you get different amounts of certain letters? I must investigate this.

Vera said...

Oh that's spoilt Scabble for me! I could just about manage the old rules, let alone the new ones. Methinks I will stick to the old rules, and keep on using my old board. I am, after all, officially in my dotage so can use age as a means of refusing any advancements to this game. Being over a certain age has its usefulness sometimes!

French Fancy said...

Yes, Vera - I think we will as well, although I am in with a chance now when playing with Mr FF. He usually beats me but I know of more rap stars than him (not that I like the music but I 'try and keep up' (gosh, I hate that phrase)

Jennysmith said...

Thats the worse thing I've heard today. Poor Scrabble - to be dumbed down like that. Well, they'll have to carry me out first, I tell you......I won't give in!

xxxxx

Paul C said...

Ditto the above. Using proper nouns and names in Scrabble is like adding icing to Filet Mignon.

Rob-bear said...

Especially if it is fondant icing, Paul!

French Fancy said...

Jen - (whisper) I'm thinking of weakening and buying the new Chambers Scrabble dictionary. Mine is over 20 years old and so many new words are now allowed

Hello there Paul C - you know the funny thing about filet mignon? In France it is done with pork and in the UK (and I think the USA) it is done with beef. Isn't that odd?

Rob - I can't stand fondant icing. I like swirly buttercream peaks

Rob-bear said...

I know you hate fondant icing. That
is why/how I was helping Paul emphasize his point.

French Fancy said...

Oh Rob, that is so sweet you remembering that.

marc aurel said...

Never!