Symptomatic Chronic Re-titling And Brain Baffling Linguistic Exercises (SCRABBLE)

I admit to having Compulsive Acronym Tendencies (CAT).

That is, when I encounter something that interests me, I tend to get drawn into a cycle of First Letter Observation And Transfer (FLOAT), re-arranging the Name Of The Entity (NOTE) until the first letters of that name Spell Another Word Depicting Unanticipated Semantic Tendencies (SAWDUST) of that thing.

Having this condition all too often leaves me with a feeling of Helplessly Arranging Titles Endlessly (HATE),  and if I had to give it a name I’d go with Involuntary Titular Series Unit Composition Key Syndrome (ITSUCKS).

Really.   Acronyms are the only thing the military does that I might actually enjoy.

For instance, if you’re at a party and you happen to tell someone that you’ve got a condition where you Mentally Examine And Switch Linguistic Expressions Serially (MEASLES), they tend to suddenly Forget Leaving Elements Elsewhere (FLEE).

And when I resolve to stop doing it, like So Many Other Knowledge Indulgent, Noxious Games (SMOKING), this bad habit of mine is made worse by the Internet, which seemingly was built to keep open the Possibility Of Relapse Narrative (PORN) by providing things like the online Acronym Finder.

I was reminded of this when Wes mentioned in the comments section of yesterday’s post that his date and his dancing at a the high school prom made him a BMOC, which he used to mean “Big Man On Campus”.

But all you have to do is go to the Acronym Finder to discover it also represents the British Motorcycle Owners Club, the Basic Medical Officer Course, the Battle Management Operations Center, and the Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad Committee, among other things.

So It Goes, Huh?  (SIGH).

What’s your favorite word game? 

41 thoughts on “Symptomatic Chronic Re-titling And Brain Baffling Linguistic Exercises (SCRABBLE)”

  1. On our many rides to Duluth and back with the kids we played what we called the string game. We started this when our daughter was in third grade. It works like this.
    someone, usually me, would name a category, such as cars. Then each person in turn had to say a word that fit in that category. So it could be Ford and other brands, or Torino and other models, sedan, station wagon, streetcar, or a shift into things like carhop, etc. After awhile the kids learned to love to do wider lateral shifts. So someone would say automobile, then it got into words like autograph, or a shift to Carson, then Cardinal, etc.
    I think it had a big impact on the kids for vocabulary and thinking skills. My wife who loves all word board games (I hate most, like Scrabble), could never keep up.
    Daughter wants to play it with her kids, who are old enough now, but they are on their media and her husband, the pastor with a degree in mechanical engineering, does not get the concept.

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  2. Good morning. I am not a big fan of acronyms, although I use them. I use them to avoid spelling out the names of organizations. However, I usually start by spelling out the full name of an organization and then go to the acronym when I use the name a second time and any time after that.

    Some people use acronyms for organizations that are unknown to me without spelling out the names of these organizations. Apparently I am expected to read their minds to learn what they are talking about. Maybe they think I should know what the acronyms refer to and don’t want to bother to explain them to person like me who doesn’t know this.

    I’m not good at word games. I do enjoy playing scrabble. I am surprised that I have some skill for playing that game. I am not good at doing crossword puzzles.


  3. I despise acronyms, especially the ones tossed about at my work. My dad had a friend, the manager of the local lumber yard, who just couldn’t figure out why the US and Soviet Union were in such intense negotiations over salt in the 1970’s. Dad tried to explain what the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty was, but he just couldn’t get Les to understand.

    My son and daughter in law love board games and we always have a game of Scrabble with them when we can. Husband’s family loves board games, too, but not word games per se.


  4. I love games of all sorts, including word games, board games, and card games. Unfortunately husband does not, so it has been many years since I have indulged. He likes to play Chess and I do too, just not with him. Don’t have the patience to wait five minutes while he ponders his next move. I especially love games where people are divided into teams; games like Pictionary and Charades can be really fun.


    1. linda and i had board games on our calander for a half a year and she kicked my ass at backgammon reguarly
      we had a couple times when bir and michael , donna and mig showed up. i think pj mentioned that the swedish instature had a soup and game night once a month or something.
      anyone interested in starting it up again?
      im thinking we can do it at dales house first monday night every month at 7. does that work for you dale?

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      1. Tsk, tsk, tim. Those game and soup nights are at the Danish American Center. Gatherings at the Swedish Institute tend to be a lot more highbrow than that.


      2. I don’t think it was me, tim. I seldom get to have that kind of fun.

        Working at getting my weekends back, mostly need to get the nerves together to let go of the regular if small paycheck and trust I can fly on my own and I won’t regret the decision to take full control again.

        Then I may well be up for a game day……

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        1. maybe it was book club you were over for. you sat in the gray chair in the corner.
          my game night attempt was not a weekend deal. may have been the undoing. it was 1/1 2/2 3/3 4/4 etc… whatever day of the week it was is the day linda would kick my ass


  5. I LOVE word games and board games. I have hosted a church auction Games Day event for about 7 years (next one comes up in March). I’m going to someone else’s Game On event tonight.
    Charades, Balderdash, Taboo, Password, Catch Phrase are favorites. I am a somewhat quiet, slow-on-the-repartee person. These games provide structure and humor to an event. And, often, an opportunity to be cleaver.

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      1. My son is brilliant at pictionary. He used to do minimalistic pencil drawings for art. He would use a pencil and a ruler to draw a few straight lines and you would know who or what it was. That translated into perfect skills for the game.


  6. I had no idea when I bought a Kindle Fire tablet how much I would enjoy it. I currently play three games on it, all word games. The most challenging and fun of the three games I play is “Seven Little Words.” You play by assembling seven words, using clues and clusters of letters (2, 3, 4 or 5 letters).


  7. my family loves chardaes. it makes the holiday get togethers highlight reel every time.
    is it boggle where you go around the matrix spelling different words. i like that one.
    i like the idea of clydes game , never heard it but,,, great concept


  8. Another favorite is not quite a game as there aren’t winners and losers. It goes by various names but I call it Cell Phone. It is a combination of the old whispering Telephone we used to play in kindergarten and pictionary.
    Each player has a pile of paper. On the top sheet, s/he writes a phrase (as in charades – song, book, movie titles, familiar and unfamiliar phrases, etc.). The paper with writing is moved to the bottom of the stack and the stack is passed to the left. The next step is for each person to draw something (on a fresh piece of paper) to represent what his/her neighbor has written. Pages are moved to the bottom of the stack each time. Papers are passed and each person looks only at the drawing and writes (in words) what seems to be represented by the drawing. This continues – writing, drawing, writing, drawing, until the piles have gone all the way around.
    Then the fun part – the reveal. Each person lays down his/her pile, one sheet at a time so everyone can see the weird progression just like the progression in the whispering game.
    Some [unenlightened] people are gleeful when the phrase goes all the way around with no alterations (Sitting on Top of the World is a classic for that) but the real fun is when it goes all to hell. People with less than stellar drawing ability are very helpful for this.

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    1. I am possibly the worst drawer (?) in the world. This sounds like my game. I don’t understand though, Lisa, does the person faced with the top blank page see what the previous person drew or wrote?


      1. You can only look at the bottom paper in the stack which will contain either the last thing drawn or the last thing written. You can’t look at any of the others. To start, each person should have as many pieces of paper as there are players plus one. You write your name on the first piece and put it on the bottom. As you keep taking pieces from the top, drawing or writing and placing them on the bottom, the piece with your name will “rise” to the top and when you get to that piece again, you’ll know you’re done. (probably more detail and more confusing than necessary).

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  9. I used to like Scrabble the most, especially playing with mom and our neighbor, Eleanor, way back in the 60s and early 70s. Now crossword puzzles reign supreme as far as word games go. But I only do the Sunday NY times puzzle and the “A Weekend Crossword,” both in the Sunday Strib.

    I got into those because the Owatonna paper is not published on Mondays (now not even Sunday, just an expanded Saturday edition), and I needed something to do while eating Monday breakfast beside reading the paper, so writing words onto the paper seemed to be the next best thing.

    I do the NYT puzzle on Mondays and the Weekend Puzzle on Tuesdays only because the Tuesday delivery has been about a half hour late the past year or so, and of course I need something to do while eating breakfast.

    Chris in Owatonna

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  10. Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
    – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

    Words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind.
    – Rudyard Kipling

    Does this help explain why we like to play with words?

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  11. We played Lisa’s game at Christmas, (don’t know if it has a name). One paper started with “Grandma and her neighbor yelling at the paper boy”…hard to illustrate, but gave us lots of laughs!

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        1. A lurker is more like it. Most of the time we don’t have interesting things to say either, pbuckmn, but as you may have noticed, that doesn’t stop us. Feel free to join in the fray anytime. The more the merrier.

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