Playing Word Games is my Favorite Pastime

Tess IronsStarred Page By Tess Irons, 31st May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I always enjoy playing word games. Doing so helps me broaden my vocabulary and master my spelling. This is my way of relaxing and learning during my spare time.

Word Games Improve My Vocabulary

I am always fascinated with word games. Not only do they help broaden my vocabulary, but also help improve my spelling and diction. Because of that, I am able to communicate well in terms of writing and speaking. I remember when I was still in the Philippines, I used to play different types of word games with my co-workers during lunch break. Yes, we ate fast so we could play. I realized that the more you play and like the game, the more you get addicted to it, and you would wish that you had more time to play. I have played different types of word games, but I have not done that for quite a while because I have become too busy with so many things. I wish one day, I would be able to play again.


Boggle was one of my favorite games, and it still is. This was the game I used to play with my co-workers in the Philippines. It is a word dice game in which players are given 3 minutes to find words from letters that are connected with each other. It is timed by using an hour glass. Scores depend on how many letters there are on a word.

To play it, place the 16-letter dice into the cube, then shake them to disarrange the letters. When done shaking, turn the container upside down so each die (sing. of dice) falls into little slots. As soon as players are ready, start the timer. Players write down words they find. To form a word, letters should be connected on a straight line, across, downward, or diagonally. Words must contain a minimum of 3 letters, which means short words like an, am, in, at are disqualified. When the timer runs out, it's time to compare words between players. Eliminate or cross out the words that were also formed by other players. You only garner points from words that were not formed by other players. Total up your points, and whoever gets the highest score, wins the game. Scores depend on how long the words are. Example: 3-letter word gets 1 point, and 7-letter word gets 5 points.


Upwords is another word game which is similar to Scrabble, the only difference is that, players can stack up letters on top of existing letters, and each letter only has a face value of 1 point. So, the game is actually about stacking up letters to form words. The more letters you stack up, the higher the score you get, as long you can form valid words.

To play the game, each player gets a rack. Mix up the tiles, then place them letter-side down. Each player draws a tile and whoever gets the letter that is closest to letter A goes first. Before starting the game, return all tiles to the pile, mix them all together, then each player pulls 7 tiles. The first player forms the first word, which must be made up of 2 or more letters, covering at least one of the special game squares in the center of the board. Each player then takes turns by placing 1 or more letter tiles on the game board to form new words out of the existing ones. The game ends when all letters have been played, or none of the players are able to form words. To get the scores, add 2 points for each letter tile for words that are only 1 tile high. Words that are stacked 2 or more tiles high get 1 point per letter tile. The QU combination tile gets 2 extra points. A 20-bonus point is added to a word that uses all of your 7 tiles. Subtract 5 points for each unused tile. Whoever gets the highest points wins the game.

Other Games

There are some other games that I used to play. Scramble is one of Facebook's game applications that I really enjoy. This is a lot similar to Boggle, and is played on line. A player is given 3 minutes, and the game will automatically stop after the allotted time. Because it is an on line game, you need to type each of the words you find. You can see your score and the remaining time on the screen while playing the game. I am very proud to say that I scored very high in this game. None of my Facebook friends could beat my score. Not even I can break my own record because it was already too high. I have not played that game for so long, nor can I access to that application again ever since I applied a security setting on my FB profile.

I've also played Scrabble, which I'm sure is very much familiar to everyone. I used to play this game years ago when I was still in the Philippines. It's a fun game and like most word games, it makes the players think.

Once in a while, I play the all-time favorite game Cross Word Puzzle. This game makes me think a lot, especially the ones that I find in game sections of leading newspapers. They are difficult to solve and it takes me a while to finish it. But there are also cross word puzzle books that can be bought in the stores. They are divided into categories depending on level of difficulty: easy, moderate, and difficult.

From time to time, new word games are being introduced, which do not only give enjoyment to the players, but also make learning a lot easier. Most of them are recommended for any age that kids and adults can participate. So, if you want to widen your vocabulary, improve your spelling ability, or just for the enjoyment of it, try playing them. Happy playing!

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author avatar Shaunak
31st May 2012 (#)

Nice Article

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author avatar Tess Irons
1st Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks, Shaun. I'm glad you like it.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
1st Jun 2012 (#)

Good read. Thank you, Tess.

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author avatar Tess Irons
1st Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks a lot, Pradeep. Your comment is very much appreciated.

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author avatar Tess Irons
1st Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks for the star, Steve.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jun 2012 (#)

I have never been much into them. It requires patience and of course, time. Thanks, Tess - siva

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author avatar Tess Irons
1st Jun 2012 (#)

That's true, Siva. It requires patience and time. Thanks for your comment.

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