National Scrabble Day

National Scrabble Day is a holiday that’s celebrated on the 13th of April every year and celebrates what is probably one of the most iconic games of all time. Scrabble is a game that has been around for over 70+ years and is played by people all over the world. In fact, this game is sold in over 120+ countries and is available in 30 different languages, so perhaps this holiday is one that more people should take the time to celebrate. 

The History Of Scrabble

The history of National Scrabble Day is beyond our reach, so we’ve decided to talk about the history of the game instead. Scrabble is a game that was first created as the game Criss-Cross—a game that was based on anagram puzzles and crosswords. This game was developed by Alfred M. Butts in 1931. Eventually, this game would be redesigned and renamed as Scrabble. It was marketed to the general public in 1948 by James Brunot and was sold in Great Britain in 1954. 

Facts About Scrabble

Scrabble is such an interesting game we couldn’t resist digging up some fun facts about it. So without further ado, below are some of the facts that we think will help people truly appreciate the scope of this day and allow them to celebrate this holiday forearmed with knowledge. 

  • Scrabble hasn’t changed that much as a game very much in the past 70+ years.
  • In competitive play, there are different word lists for different competition levels.
  • The National School Scrabble Championship (NASPA) has a rule book that’s over 50-pages long.
  • In 2014, a lot of new words were added to scrabble. 
  • Over 150 million copies of Scrabble have been sold across the world.
  • On average, 30,000 Scrabble games are begun every hour.
  • If you lined up all the Scrabble tiles ever sold, they would stretch over 50,000 miles.
  • Italian and Portuguese Scrabble has 120 Scrabble tiles, while the English version has only 100-tiles.
  • There have been so many Scrabble tiles made, it’s estimated that over a million tiles are missing.

Celebrating National Scrabble Day

Anyone wanting to celebrate National Scrabble Day is to play the game that you probably already own, and invite friends and/or family to play with you. If you don’t already own a copy of Scrabble, then this is the perfect day to buy one and join in on all of the fun that millions of people are already enjoying. 

Scrabble is also a good day for parents to play with their children to help build word skills and creativity. After you have finished playing this game to your heart’s content, then you might want to post to your social media account using the hashtag #NationalScrabbleDay. Now go out there and play some Scrabble!

When is it?
This year (2023)
April 13 Thursday
Next year (2024)
April 13 Saturday
Last year (2022)
April 13 Wednesday
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