Unless you are a member of my high school graduating class, chances are that you have a pretty varied vocabulary. From time to time, you may even “wow” your friends with complex multi-syllabic words that are relied upon to convey the fact that you feel like being really pretentious that day.
But let me ask you this: does your fancy vocabulary contain the word “braconid” (a type of wasp) or “periagua” (a small craft)? Chances are that it doesn’t, which is why YOU have never won the World Scrabble Championship.
Londoner Brett Smitheram put his extensive vocabulary to good use. With the 176-point braconid and other words at his disposal, he recently took home the €7,000 grand prize (which is over $7500 in U.S. currency) at the World Scrabble Championship.
According to an article published in the Telegraph, Smitheram studied the 70,000 7- and 8-letter words in the dictionary, which are of course worth far more points than, for example, “the.” He bested 1993 Scrabble championship Mark Nyman to take home the hefty cash prize.
He went on to say that, with one championship under his belt, he is going to continue competing. He hopes to become the only person in history to win the Scrabble championship 3 times. Assuming he isn’t fatally stung by a braconid, of course.
World Scrabble Championship Winner