Nail Art: Getting Wordy for National Scrabble Day

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April 13 is National Scrabble Day, the day when we’re all encouraged to break out that Scrabble board and engage in a battle of words and wits.

And we’ve got a fun nail art look to help you celebrate!

With this Scrabble Tile nail art on your fingertips as you lay down those letters, victory is almost guaranteed.
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For this look, we used two coats of Julep Florence over a base coat, and used a striping brush dipped in Jet to create the letters. (For an added twist on this “LOVE”-ly look, try drawing a solid black heart on your thumbs and writing a different four-letter message on your other hand, like “XOXO” or “WORD.”)

The fun thing about this nail art look is that you can write any word you want! It’s a chance to combine your vocabulary and your creativity to make a playful, personal statement. But don’t forget the numbers at the bottom right-hand corner of each letter—that’s what gives this look the real, Scrabble-astic vibe. (If you don’t have each letter value memorized and don’t have your bag of Scrabble tiles handy, here’s a chart to tell you what each letter is worth.)

And here are a few fun facts about the game of Scrabble, so you can impress your competitors when you bust out the board on Sunday:

- Scrabble was invented in 1938 by American architect Alfred Mosher Butts (it’s OK to giggle … a little), as a variation on a different word game he invented called “Lexiko.”

- It was originally called “Criss-Crosswords,” and wasn’t very successful until another game guru, James Brunot, purchased the rights in 1948 and renamed the game “Scrabble.” By 1952, Scrabble was a sensation.

- Scrabble is sold in 121 countries, in 29 different languages. Approximately 150 million game sets have been sold worldwide, and roughly one third of American homes have a Scrabble set.

- At 28 letters, the longest technically acceptable Scrabble word is “ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETATES” (plural noun, a kind of acid). But since the board is only 15 tiles wide, it’s impossible to use.

- The highest ever score for a single game of Scrabble was by carpenter Michael Cresta, who scored a total of 830 points in a single game on October 12, 2006. The game occurred in the basement of a Unitarian church in Lexington, Massachusetts, and Cresta’s opponent, Wayne Yorra, a supermarket deli worker, scored an impressive 490. Together, the two men set three records for sanctioned Scrabble in North America: most points in a game by one player (830); most total points in a game (1,320); and most points on a single turn (365, for Cresta’s play of “QUIXOTRY”). [Slate]

Happy National Scrabble Day! May your bingos be many and your challenges be few.