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February 4th, 2008 (05:39 pm)

current mood: HIGHLY AGITATED

Also, this is highly important and I need to inform the world at once:

I am working on a computer keyboard that is clearly about twenty-seven years old. Most of the letters have rubbed off, and the patterns in which they have done so are almost entirely in accordance with the letters' Scrabblic value. With the exception of C and V, which are low-use and therefore high-value letters in the English language, but which are constantly used on a computer keyboard because of the Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V commands, the only letters that are left are Q (10 points), Z (10 points), X (8 points), J (8 points), K (5 points), W (4 points), Y (4 points), half of H (4 points) and half of P (3 points)...

AND THEN THERE IS A RANDOM U. WHAT THE HELL. I have ALWAYS KNOWN that U is a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE SCRABBLE LETTER BECAUSE NO ONE EVER USES IT AND YET IT IS ONLY WORTH ONE POINT. I do not CARE that it is a vowel. IT IS A CRAPPY VOWEL. NO ONE EVER USES IT. I AM CONSTANTLY GETTING STUCK WITH HUGE EXCESSES OF U'S ON MY RACK AND I DON'T EVEN GET ANY POINTS TO MAKE UP FOR IT. IT IS A TRAVESTY, THAT. And now my computer keyboard is providing PROOF POSITIVE that the Scrabble game is WRONG WRONG WRONG in its U-point assignation. This is extremely serious. I believe I deserve significant compensation, numbering at least in the thousands of dollars, for the emotional suffering and strain I have undergone over my Scrabble-playing years as a result of this grave error.

I need to write to Hasbro posthaste and include a picture of this keyboard and tell them YOU JUST GO RIGHT NOW AND MAKE THE U BE WORTH AT LEAST FOUR POINTS IMMEDIATELY, MY COMPUTER KEYBOARD SAYS YOU HAVE TO. I have no doubt that they will listen to me. This is just common sense.


Posted by: lily bart (everypoembreaks)
Posted at: February 4th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)

The way your brain works is really very strange. But also very awesome. U is the devil's letter, I swear.

Posted by: Justine (devifemme)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
U know who U are...

But, dammit, I always get the freaking "Q" and am therefore insanely desperate to find a "U" -- and never do, so I get stuck with the "Q" at the end! Boo!

But hugs, anyhow! Justine

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Re: U know who U are...

Best word in all of Scrabble history, just introduced in the 4th edition Scrabble dictionary: QI. LIFESAVER. SRSLY. Q is finally a valuable letter instead of an intolerable nuisance. And we got za and zo (if you're playing SOWPODS instead of TWL) in the 4th ed., too. It was an exciting edition.

Posted by: Justine (devifemme)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Re: U know who U are...

OK, my mother warned me about this! I've fallen into a den of scrabblefreaks, no doubt trying to seduce me into a sordid underground life of sin and degradation.

Who knew there was a Scrabble dictionary?

In the Wild West days (and no, one dasn't use words with Capital letters...sheesh!), resort to a dictionary could get one shot by the glinty-eyed hombre on the other side of the poker...er, scrabble table.

Actually, we're talking dogma here, with appropriate reverence (and NOT reference!). Namely, the vast community of non-pro scrabblers out there simply won't accept crazy coinages like QI. LIFESAVER...(inter alia, there're no punctuation tiles!) and, to boot, SRSLY is an abbreviation unto the Lord (hey, srsly, that's pretty good!) -- and, as we know, abbreviat. are simply hors de combat.

So, who ARE you and what have you done with my friend Slammer?

Speaking of which, surely you (i.e., Slammer) would possess an actual FIRST NAME that you'd share with a few intimate pals such as me.

And it ain't "asparagus," of that I'm sure!

Hugs (a good, legitimate use of the "U"), Justine

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