''Scrabble'' is a long-standing board game involving words and letters. The game traces back to 1938, when Alfred Mosher Butts invented ''Criss-Crosswords'', a game with a 15×15 board and individual letter tiles. He tabulated the frequency of various letters to determine the frequency and letter value of each tile.

James Brunot adapted the game into ''Scrabble'' and tweaked the rules somewhat, making them simpler. Although not a success at first, ''Scrabble'' allegedly gained popularity after the president of R.H. Macy’s played the game and was surprised that it wasn’t for sale in his stores. The game sold well there, and in 1952, Selchow and Righter picked up the rights to it. Since then, it has become an internationally popular game.

Typically played by two to four players, ''Scrabble'' involves a 15×15 playing board and 100 letter tiles (98 letters and two blanks). Each letter has a point value assigned to it: common letters such as E are only one point, while Z and Q are the highest at 10 points each. The blank tiles are wild, and can be used as any letter. The board contains squares that double or triple the value of each word or letter.

''Scrabble'' has also been adapted into a well-known GameShow format for Creator/{{NBC}}. Hosted by Chuck Woolery, it simplified the rules even further and set up each word with an IncrediblyLamePun. For more info on the game show version, go [[Series/{{Scrabble}} here]].

The documentary ''Film/WordWars'' follows around high-level tournament players and came out in 2004.
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!!Tropes present:
* ArtificialStupidity[=/=]NonIndicativeDifficulty: Playing against the computer on the hardest level is only hard because the game only uses the highest-scoring word it can muster, clobbering the human through a high score brute force. The computer, however, utterly ''stinks'' at strategy. In its effort to lay down the highest scoring words that it can it will open up plays a human would not - like ending a word on or one space away from the edge of the board is ''asking'' for someone to use a triple word score (or two!).
* BoringButPractical: The two-letter words. Learning all 101 of them (124 in the international dictionary) and knowing when to use them correctly is the first and most important step if you want to play competitively.
** To a lesser extent, learning the shorter words that use Q but not U can help immensely if you get stuck in such a situation.
* DifficultButAwesome: Learning the official two-letter word list can be this, but is basically a must for anybody who wants to be competitive at this game. For instance, X can make a two-letter word with every vowel: [[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Ax AX]], [[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Ex EX]], [[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Xi XI]], [[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Ox OX]], [[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Xu XU]]. You're welcome.
** Also, getting a "bingo" ''(creating a word that uses all seven letters in your rack)'', which is an instant 50 points (plus whatever points the word is worth) to the player who builds it.
** Building off an existing word to form [[DoubleUnlock an eight-letter word, using TWO Triple Word Score positions, AND the Double Letter Score in between them]] in the same play.
* InterfaceScrew: The android ''Scrabble'' app will sometimes have the controls go beneath the advertisement at the bottom of the screen making them impossible to use. Of course ElectronicArts doesn't seem keen on fixing this as it means if you're not paying attention you'll be tapping the advertisement.
* LoopholeAbuse: It is, technically, perfectly legal to play words that lexically don't exist — you just have to pay the penalty if you're challenged. If you can bluff your opponents into thinking it's a real word and not challenging, you're good to go. In fact, if a word is challenged but turns out to be good after all, the ''challenger'' has to pay the penalty in turn! (This last rule holds in America but is not universal — in some places there is no penalty for an incorrect challenge, or there is a five-point penalty).
** This even works in tournaments. While in electronic Scrabble games, the computer typically won't let you play unapproved words, the judges at tournaments understand that this is a part of the game and will not point out that a word is invalid unless the word is challenged.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: See LoopholeAbuse.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: This trope tends to crop up a lot if you spectate championship-level games.
* ScoreMultiplier: The bonus squares.
* ScrabbleBabble: TropeMaker and TropeNamer.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Is helpful in the game... depending on the situation.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Scrabble is another game generally associated with smart people due to its relying on vocabulary and spelling. Actually this isn't required - because words don't have to be spelled correctly provided all players are in agreement (See LoopholeAbuse, though this would simply be "agreement") then two players with similar spelling skills can still play the board game together.
* StrategyGame: Many players love this aspect - you have to strategize with just what's on the board and what's in your tray. For most casual Scrabble players the game is "let's make the best words we can", but the step to serious Scrabble is made when a player starts incorporating strategy: using a lower scoring word to block other players from accessing the ScoreMultiplier squares, etc.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Online, Words With Friends. Essentially the same game minus a few rule differences and placement of bonus tiles. So similar, in fact, that its developer was sued by Hasbro. In a bit of irony, Hasbro eventually bought it, and even released a board game version of it...which sells right next to Scrabble in stores.
* SpinOff: ''Scrabble Jr.'' is a well-known children's adaptation.
* YouMakeMeSic: This game will really surprise you when you find some of your friends can't spell for crap.
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!!Works that Scrabble appears in:
* ''Film/FoulPlay'': Old ladies are playing through a window as the main characters pass by.
-->[Ethel and Elsie are playing ''Scrabble''. Ethel has just put down the letters "fucker", to which Elsie has added "muther" at the beginning]
-->'''Ethel:''' Wait, Elsie. I think you're wrong. I think you spell that word with a hyphen.
* NonFiction book ''Word Freak'' covers the world of competitive ''Scrabble'', as does the movie ''Word Wars''.
* ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures'': Pauline spells out the word PUTRID.
* ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'': ''Scrabble'' tiles are used to solve an anagram.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'': Daria adds "incarce" to "rate" in the episode "Big House".
* ''Series/That70sShow'': Red and Kitty are playing ''Scrabble'' with their neighbors, Bob and Midge. Red has recently discovered that Bob is bald, and he has "QBALL" on his rack. Meanwhile, [[TheDitz Midge]] has "ZYGOTE" and sheepishly admits she's got nothing.
* A strip in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' has both characters playing [[ScrabbleBabble the most outrageous words]] and getting ridiculously high scores from them. Another has Calvin spelling only two-letter words like "be" (complaining that he lacks vowels on his rack) whereas Hobbes wins big with words like "nucleoplasm".
* There's a scary short story about a man who plays ''Scrabble'' with his wife. Any time either of them spells out a word, that word takes place on the other person. (For example, FLY causes a fly to appear or something.) It ends when the wife plays DEATH... The story is called "Death by Scrabble".
* In ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Alan plays online ''Scrabble'' and has played the actual game with Rose, Chelsea and one of Jake's teachers.
-->'''Chelsea:''' Wow. You really take this seriously, don't you?
-->'''Alan:''' ItsLikeIAlwaysSay: The losers finish with a rack full of tiles.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'': In the episode "Klokblocked", Skwissgaar spells "quhzk". To quote [[YouNoTakeCandle Toki]]:
--> Yeah, "Quhzk"s. That's whats a duck says.
* In the Creator/NationalFilmBoardOfCanada cartoon "The Big Snit", a husband and wife are playing ''Scrabble''. He is staring at his letters, unable to spell anything with them. A reverse shot reveals that his tiles are "EEEEEEE".
* In the ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' episode "Car Periscope", Larry plays ''Scrabble'' with an elderly man, who shocks him by [[RacistGrandma putting down "coon"]].
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Meadow is playing with Jackie Jr. He complains that she's not allowed to play "Spanish words". The word Meadow played was "oblique", which he pronounces "ob-lik-ay".
* In her memoir ''Bossy Pants'', Creator/TinaFey says that her "proudest moment as a child" was beating her uncle at ''Scrabble'' with the word "farting".
* Done in [[http://xkcd.com/492 this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comic, which suggests use of the word "CLITORIS" [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar without spelling it, of course]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart spells out "[[ScrabbleBabble KWYJIBO]]".
* In ''Series/{{ALF}}'', Alf spells out "QUIDNUNC". The rest of the players challenge him but they later learn that it is an actual word (one who enjoys gossip). Alf takes this up a notch by using his extra turn to spell out "QUIDNUNCLE".
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has a game where Goofy takes nearly a half an hour to take his turn, decides not to play "cat" because he [[RuleOfFunny doesn't have enough k's]], chooses to spell the word "sesquipedalian", and gets falsely accused of ScrabbleBabble by Pete for it.
* ''Film/CharliesAngels'' Movie: Dylan and Eric Knox were playing Scrabble at one point on their evening. The next morning, Dylan spells out "ENEMY" when TheDragon shows up, not knowing that Eric himself was the BigBad.
* Steve and Alex Keaton spend a whole episode ''Series/FamilyTies'' playing Scrabble, as they use increasingly hilarious strategies and questionable words to try to get an advantage, such as Alex hoarding U's to prevent anyone from getting rid of a Q.
* In one of the MythOMania books, "Hit The Road, Helen", Persephone and Hades play this. The second game has Hades playing war words since this mind is worrying about the "Trojan War".
* The end of the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "Repairs" has most of Coulson's team playing a game, though the only move shown is when Simmons makes the word [[WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet aglet]].
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBOdOf-oN20 Troll Palace]]''. The animatronics (with the exception of Foxy, apparently) just want to play a game of ''Scrabble'' with the security guard.
* [[Series/{{Castle}} Richard Castle]], naturally, is a master at this, and always wins every game. Until Beckett comes and utterly humilliates him.
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