Today is the perfect day to enjoy a friendly game of the classic board game, Scrabble. National Today says Scrabble Day is celebrated on April 13 every year to honor the birthday of the game’s creator, Alfred Mosher Butts. 

According to the official Scrabble website, Butts created the game in the 1930s during the Great Depression, originally naming it Lexikos. Butts, who was an architect out of a job at the time, created the points value system by doing a frequency analysis in the New York Times. 

James Brunot, one of Butt’s good friends, later brought the manufacturing rights for the game was the person who decided to name it ‘Scrabble.’ The board game obtained popularity in the late 1940s. The Macy’s department store started selling the board game in the 1950s, gaining even more popularity. 

Nationalscrabbleday.com has a few fun facts about one of America’s favorite board games. 

Over 100 countries sell Scrabble. The game is also available in 31 languages. Butts also made the original game with wood toles he cut out himself. Scrabble was even a game show aired on NBC in 1984. The word “scrabble” means to grab something frantically with your fingers. 

Celebrate National Scrabble Day by grabbing friends and family! The game allows two to four players. Players earn points by taking the wooden lettered tiles and turning them into one coherent word. The word must be found in a lexicon or dictionary.

Think outside the box while playing and post pictures using #NationalScrabbleDay!