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I picked up my red wool coat and 1998 Chicago Nationals Scrabble bag, ready to depart when the Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP) says, "wait! You play Scrabble(® Brand Crossword Game)? Did you go to this?" pointing to the logo on the bag.
"Yes..." I answered, anticipating: "did you read Word Freak?"
"I've got a beef about Scrabble(® Brand Crossword Game, in case any lurking Hasbro folk are looking for opportunities to litigate for trademark abuse), the words they let in! The computer doesn't play by the rules!"
"The computer! It plays foreign words, medieval words, all these non-words. And the rules on the back of the box say those aren't allowed!"
"What foreign words?"
"Avion! And eau, the French word for water!" She probably wouldn't go for the French lexicon offered at a few online hangouts.
"Yeah, the French word for game is in there too. Same with bateau(x), meaning boat(s)."
My partner interjects: "What? Really? That's in there?"
"What computer game are you playing?"
"Hasbro Scrabble(® Brand Crossword Game)!"
"The rules say that the players can agree on a lexicon prior to play. When you play with the Hasbro game, you're stuck playing with the Official Scrabble(® Brand Crossword Game) Players Dictionary, 3rd edition. I suggest you invest in a $6.95 copy (or cheaper) and read what words the CD-ROM deems acceptable, or go online and play where you at least have a choice of dictionaries. Or, you can bite the bullet, join the NSA, which allows you special opportunity to buy a lexicon where you can find the naughty words." "Why would they throw that junk in there?"
"Probably some license agreement with Merriam-Webster. I don't know. But thanks for venting."
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