Thursday, January 24, 2013


Becoming the Queen of Rack City

If you find yourself with the low-scoring tiles ADEILOR then words such as RAIL, LOADER, or maybe ORDEAL can be found. But it is only with a more specialist Scrabble vocabulary of seven- letter words that occur with common letters that you might be able to play DARIOLE for a 50pt bonus.

These are darioles, and that was one paragraph from the 163-page e-book, The Scrabble Player's Handbook, written by some of the greatest Scrabble geniuses of our time. Click here to download the book for free, or you could just play Scrabble on your iPad and use the "Best Word" function. [via]

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I thought this was gonna be about boobs.


@iceberg also, I have a much better vocab than my husband but he DESTROYS me at Scrabble because he has an engineer's brain and does things like putting down a word that also somehow magically has a bunch of 2 letter words coming off it.

RK Fire

@iceberg It's the math thing, I swear. I challenged a friend of mine to Scrabulous once thinking he'd be a pushover because even though he's incredible at math, he hates reading and doesn't have a great vocabulary. I got schooled because of the 2-letter thing and because points were involved.


@RK Fire It's totally a Math Thing. My husband (the math phd) kicks my ass every time. I've given up - my family never played this strategically, we didn't even use a dictionary.

RK Fire

@Amphora I get really competitive so watching his strategy helped me to up my scrabulous game, but man, I was not expecting that at all. I think it's almost unfair how scrabble likes to pretend it's a word game, but ohhh no, it's actually about assembling the best configuration of points.


@RK Fire Yeah, it's interesting that even people who are not anywhere near fluent in English can play competitive scrabble, because it's about legal combinations of 26 symbols, not "words". Though it does give you a leg up, I suppose.

P.S. I learned this from Stefan Fatsis's book Word Freak, which is very good and anyone who cares about scrabble even a little bit should read it!


amazing post i like this@t

Reginal T. Squirge

I need a "best word" function for my life.


I often find myself in the online dating minority because I fucking hate Scrabble.

Reginal T. Squirge

I think everyone I've ever dated hates the game.

fruiting body

@chrysopoeia My parents just sent me a Scrabble set as a housewarming gift because they knew I'd goodwilled the TWO in my house when I moved. I don't have the heart to tell them that the previous two were also housewarming gifts and I only play when forced.

Jane Marie

@Reginal T. Squirge @chrysopoeia LOVE CONNECTION

Reginal T. Squirge

Notice that I never said any of those relationships went well.


@Reginal T. Squirge Way to crush a lady's internet dreams.

Reginal T. Squirge

Ha. I'm doing all of us a favor, TRUST ME.


@Reginal T. Squirge And based on this comment alone I have concluded that you are exactly my type.

RK Fire

Are darioles basically like popovers? They look and sound very similar.

BRB, googling "what is the difference between a popover and a dariole?" Next step is taste test.

fondue with cheddar

@RK Fire Dariole sounds like what you would call the ass of the state bird of Maryland.


@RK Fire This is basically the only thing I've been googling for the last 5 minutes.


the PDF-downlad link didn't work for me...is it because I'm not on an e-reader or is it because the link is broken?

Jane Marie

@nonvolleyball it worked for me, but i changed it anyway :) lemme know if you're good now!


@Jane Marie yup, working now--thanks! my grandma is a Scrabble queen, so I'm gonna print this out & send it to her. :)

Jane Marie

@nonvolleyball sweeeeeet :)

RK Fire

Also, has anyone else gotten into Ruzzle, the online Boggle game? I'm going to have to remember "dariole" for that.

fondue with cheddar

@RK Fire I had this weird thing when I was little where I would suck on (but not ingest) certain things. I didn't like the taste of those things, but I liked to put them in my mouth until they get saturated with saliva and then sucking it out. OMG I'm sorry I was the grossest kid. I remember doing this with the ends of my braids, shoelaces (I still remember the taste of the dye), and the square of foam that came with the Boggle game. It had a particular taste and smell that I did not like (then why did I do it?!) so now every time I think of Boggle I feel a little ill.

RK Fire

@fondue with cheddar Hahaha, this is the best story ever. Kids do really weird things! I had a similar thing I would do as a kid, except I would eat it: I'd take a sour cream and onion pringle chip, break it in half, suck on one half a lot to soften it/extract delicious artifical sour cream and onion flavor, and then eat it with the normal half. I have no explanation why I thought this was a good idea.

fondue with cheddar

@RK Fire See, that makes perfect sense to me. You get a burst of flavor to start, followed by a delightful combination of textures. It's gross, but I totally get it.

By the way, I'm totally squicked out by the thought of putting a piece of foam in my mouth. I don't even like touching foam. I don't even like the word "foam".


@RK Fire I recently learnt that the ravens at the Tower of London do something vaguely similar! They steal children's crisps, but don't like cheese and onion flavour, so they dip them in water to lessen the taste.

(Okay, not very similar at all, but it is an excellent fact.)


from the title, I was expecting to see this video linked: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCFnewbghps


My grandma has bested me at Scrabble when she was in the hospital on a bunch of pain meds because of oldness, and I have never been so angry (I'm also a sore loser though).

The only time I've ever won Scrabble was when I convinced the other person that we could use Latin words.


My college roommmate is a competitive ranked Scrabble player and she ruined the game for me forever.

Cat named Virtute

My girlfriend and I have a rule that we don't play Scrabble together because I turn into a raging competitive asshole and don't want to inflict that on her, so instead I inflict it on my parents and my Scrabble junkie friend.

This trait also makes me get unreasonably angry when I play the free Scrabble android app and people immediately forfeit the game we're playing when I bingo.


It looks like darioles are made in wee ramekins.

Barry Grant


Damn! Beat me to it.

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