The biggest news in the world of words today: The Scrabulous application on Facebook has been disabled in the US and Canada.
There go all my bingos and my .660 record.
Damn you Hasbro. What are you thinking. Scrabulous posed no risk to your precious little realm. In fact this was probably going to help you:
- People get into the game online.
- The game is no longer associated with Saturday night at Grandma's.
- Online play spills offline.
- College kids go to the store to buy the game and what do they find? Scrabble.
- You get the sale.
As evidence, I recently started a game with a friend and she wrote back:
I'm so there, it's insane! But why do I have the feeling that the linguist is going to kill me at scrabble?
Did you catch that Hasbro? It's still scrabble to her!
Puerto Ricans have a great exclamation for these situations. Ave Maria purisima!
And FWIW I would not have certainly beaten my friend at the game. She's a medievalist and plenty good at coming up with strange little words.