Made in America: The Scrabble Story

The beginning of Scrabble is as American as apple pie and was ignited by an out of work architect from New York.  His name was Alfred Mosher Butts and his mission was to create a game that melded chance and skill with elements of anagrams.  Initially called LEXIKO and later named CRISS CROSS WORDS, this game initially was not a popular play.  After Butts partners with James Brunot, an entrepreneur who loved the concept, they would later name the game Scrabble.  Even the name itself has a strange definition meaning “to grope frantically,” not entirely sure why they chose that but sure.  Losing money in their first year of business and transitioning to success later when the game was discovered by the president of Macy’s in the 1950’s.  Soon the game could not be re-stocked fast enough, everyone had to have it.


After changing hands from company to company, the game eventually ended up in the hands of Hasbro, owner the Milton Bradley Company (the nation’s leading board game company).  Finally the game had a home and was as popular as Monopoly.  Every year Scrabblers from around the world compete in the World Scrabble Championship and it is serious business.  Butts passed away in 1993 at the age of 93 but holds a legacy of creating one of the world’s most played games.  Parents love it because it instills dynamic spelling skills for children of all ages.  Kids love it because it is extremely fun to slap down a Triple Word Score and win the game!  A similar game is called Bananagrams and we carry both at 3&UP Board Game Lounge.


Join us for a fun mini tournament called Scrabble Dabble at the end of June.  Only 24 slots open to play and you can sign up at our location, by calling 734-667-3650, or by e-mailing us at

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