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!