The Unusual Story Of How Scrabble Began

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Inspired by anagrams and crossword puzzles, Alfred Butts invented the popular board game Scrabble. Butts was an architect, but was out of work due to the Great Depression and invented the game in his newfound free time. Before its familiar household name, Scrabble was called "LEXICO" and "Criss-Crosswords."

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Scrabble was invented by an architect that was out of work due to the Great Depression. 00:21

  2. The game Scrabble was named after the Dutch "schrabbelan," which means "an act of searching or scrambling for something." 02:15

  3. The inventor of Scrabble accrued the equivalent of roughly $2 million in royalties from the game by 1971. 03:34