Ten Things Words With Friends Taught Me

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows (because they follow my every tweet like it’s a religion) that I recently became obsessed with Words with Friends .  Probably. Words with Friends is like scrabble but on my BFF iPhone so less edible tiles (although pooping out seat is pretty impressive).

I play with Twitter friends (shut-up, all 1900 people are my FRIENDS), Facebook friends and against myself.  I could even play with Scott by passing my phone back and forth. Doesn’t that sound like a GREAT date? Here’s my phone, honey, I just spelled SPUNKY.

I am currently playing ten games. (This isn’t an invitation to play me. Okay fine, my user name is LateEnough. That’s USER and not LOSER.) I’ve won a few, lost a few and had a few people fall off the planet.  Words with Friends is a lot like a friend of a friend’s cocktail party. A lot of people look familiar but I’m still not quite sure if I’m playing against my friend, Talia, or weird Tal from Australia.

But I’ve learned so much from playing!

1) Scramble has a complex strategy, multiple books and websites, and no practice purpose at all.

2) I can score 99 points in a single turn in one game then score 2 points and set up my opponent to score 54 points in another. I’m versatile!

3) I need to learn more J words. Also, “JO” is the only two-letter J word AND the only girl from Fact of Life that I liked. Coincidence? Of course not.

4) It’s more important to know that “AA” is a word than it is to know that “CONFABULATION” is a word since one uses your last tile and the other is too long to ever be useful with seven tiles

5) Contrary to elementary school reading class, there are not that many compound words particularly for “GLINT” and “GOB” even if it would REALLY REALLY help out my score.

6) “CLADE” is a word, and I might accidentally play it.

7) I’ll totally giggle when spelling the word “ORGY.” And not just because I got a triple word on it (because what else would I get in an orgy).

8) Memorizing the ‘A’ section of the abridged dictionary in high school for the S.A.T.s would help just as much as attempting to add an A in front of every word on the board. I should’ve started with Z. (Ten points, baby!)

9) There are no words with four I’s, two U’s and a T and a P in them.  NONE.

10) Most importantly, I’ve learned that my vocabulary sucks. I never use YOG, QI, and ZETA because I’m too busy saying words that aren’t really words. Like PUTID. And RAITH. Words that get me this message:

And get me shaking my fist back at the screen, yelling: WELL, IT SHOULD BE!

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

22 thoughts to “Ten Things Words With Friends Taught Me”

  1. I haven’t tried this game yet and I’m afraid I would become addicted.

    Or that my 5 y/o would never give me my phone to let me play anyway. He’s learned how to ignore calls so he can keep playing Angry Birds or watching The Chipmunks sing Justin Bieber songs.

  2. dude.


    hook it up. although my WWF on my phone constantly dies and then i go weeks without being able to play. so that might suck.

    also? it’s important to know I am not one of those cheaters. yes, people cheat at WWF all the time. I am not one of those people.

    because i do not understand how to cheat.

  3. The fist shaking! YES! And what the hell “aa”? How do you even SAY that? Aay-aay? Aaaaayy?

    I mean, I’m assuming at least one of those a’s is the long one, right? Aay-uh?


  4. I am trying desperately not to be wrapped into this game. I could see hours and hours of benign neglect of the husband and the sons. I so easily become addicted to games like that!

  5. I just started playing Words With Friends. My user name is Carrie_rogo.

    I suck. You will probably beat me 🙂

    What is really annoying is this game seems to randomly decide if a word is worthy. I constantly get screwed over by doing actual works and then have an opponent beat me with YOK.


  6. I am in love with Words with Friends. I check it daily and am always looking for a new game (JackieCross)! I seriously need to find something else to do… maybe actually write a post or two!

  7. Ha! I remember tweeting out “Hey play with me” I think I still have a few games ongoing from then. Oh, and I think it’s your turn. 🙂

  8. I am reading this post on my iPad while waiting for one of my three currently playing “friends” to respond with words… Instead of getting much needed sleep for a group interview that I have tomorrow. At least I know where my priorities lie! My user name is emophat 🙂

  9. The game sounds like Word Mojo. I used to play that game for hours, then moved on to Farmville (don’t even get me started). And now after reading this blog I’ll probably develop an addiction to Scramble. Oh well, it’s better than crack.

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