In 1938, American architect Alfred Mosher Butts created the game as a variation on an earlier word game he invented called Lexiko. According to legend, Scrabble’s big break came in 1952 when Jack Straus, president of Macy’s, played the game on vacation. In 1952, unable to meet demand himself, Brunot sold manufacturing rights to Long Island-based Selchow and Righter, one of the manufacturers who, like Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley Company, had previously rejected the game. In its second year as a Selchow and Righter-built product, nearly four million sets were sold.
Before the game begins, all players should agree upon the dictionary that they will use, in case of a challenge. All words labeled as a part of speech (including those listed of foreign origin, and as archaic, obsolete, colloquial, slang, etc.) are permitted with the exception of the following: words always capitalized, abbreviations, prefixes, and suffixes standing alone, words requiring a hyphen or an apostrophe. Place all letters in the pouch, or facedown beside the board, and mix them up. The player with the letter closest to “A” plays first. A blank tile beats any letter. Return the letters to the pool and remix. All players draw seven new letters and place them on their racks.
This is a great game if you know a lot of words and can spell them. I don’t do this very well, so I really don’t care for this game. I have played once or twice to try to get better but have really never succeeded at that.