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Readers Respond: Scrabble Changes

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From the article: Scrabble Changes the Rules
Come on, folks! Let your voice be heard! The future of Scrabble hangs in the balance. The makers of the popular Scrabble are introducing new rules for the first time in the game's history. Proper nouns, place names and brand names will be allowed. IMO, this could prove problematic because there is no way to verify if these proper names are valid. As for brand names, what about regional brand names with little recognition outside certain geographical areas? How about obscure place names: Hogswallow, for instance. Valid? What do you think? Is this a good move or an invalid play?


Whose BIRD BRAIN idea was this? IF it AIN'T broken, don't try and fix it! If you refuse to change back to the original rules, I will have to find a more challenging game to play. If you must change something about the game, add a new word or two a year. I can live with that.
—Guest B'wana

Please keep Scrabble pure!

Please don't dumb down this wonderful game. Invent a different game for those too lazy to actually think and spell correctly.
—Guest Nanaof3Angels


Very bad news - part of the fun are the "discussions" about whether a word is valid or not, and then being able to immediately check it.
—Guest Mike_Kent

scrabble rules

NO. Dont dumb down the rules. Having the rules as they are appeals to the literate of the world. I am frustrated now by words that are accepted on an onlive version. We should do more to encourage proper spelling and usage of words. Our youth today are not being taught word formation, spelling and usage. No wonder they can't talk properly. Scrabble is a good home instruction tool. I have played it from its beginning and love it. If it "aint broke" dont fix it really applies here.


Allow slang etc, you must be joking. it will be like degrading the english ( anyone's ) language
—Guest briteyes

Changes are good

but not for classic games like scrabble, monopoly, clue etc.. They held there appeal because the rules never changed and people playing them were very satisfied


"Quartzitic" is my favorite real scrabble word. I'm OK making another version, but changing the entire game seems just stupid. With the inclusion of proper nouns, players can put anything down now. "but Bizrate is a word! Now that we have the cheater's version of Scrabble." Give me a break!
—Guest Chris

Scrabble - new rules

This will be disasterous to the game of Scrabble !! This is a crazy idea !!
—Guest Barbara R.

Scrabble vs. Scrabbel, Scrabble-2.11a...

There is but one Scrabble. All others, should qualify their name (perhaps, a version or release #)... Obviously, Scrabble is my favorite! :-)
—Guest MSmailbox

An invalid play!

We've been playing it the standard way all these years, so I strongly believe that the SCRABBLE people should "leave plenty well enough alone". DO NOT change the STANDARD rules.
—Guest Fern Swecker


I hate the idea - but my Husband thinks its great - he can now use his "z's' and 'q's' on obscure motorbike names
—Guest Debby

scrabble rules change

NO!!! This is and always be cheating!!!! How else are children going to learn those obscure only valuable in word games??
—Guest patbel

frazy fit

no this is just opening up room forpeople to make up whatever they want. what then hapens to words in other countries where do language barriers apply. who decides whats real not real and acceptable it frazy
—Guest lisat17372.com@yahoo

Scrabble Change

I think it might be fun to try something different as long as everyone agrees. If it would be some kind of national tournament, then I could see sticking to the original rules.

Scrabble Rules

WHY????????????? This is my all time favorite game which my whole family plays & we play by the RULES. If you want to have a scrabble game with different rules then name it something else like Scrabble 2 where anything goes. Leave the orginial game alone, why change why why why.
—Guest Sandra Mills
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