Nail Art: Getting Wordy for National Scrabble Day

by Meghan Carlson | 0 comments

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.

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.