By John D. Williams Jr.
Starting his profession on a lark as a contract contributor to SCRABBLE information, John D. Williams fell down a rabbit gap inhabited through avid gamers, geeks, and the grammar police. For twenty-five years, because the govt director of the nationwide SCRABBLE organization, Williams served because the professional spokesperson for the sport, and because the intermediary among legions of fanatical word-game lovers and the respectable model. Now observe Nerd takes readers contained in the byzantine, dog-eat-dog international of most sensible match avid gamers, making a piquant (seven-letter note, sixty eight points!) paintings that's half pop-cultural historical past, half anthropological learn. certainly, what Christopher visitor did for the area of puppy indicates in his movie top in convey, Williams does for the area of aggressive notice video games during this humorous and completely saw memoir.
As readers will observe, be aware Nerd explores anagrams, palindromes, the highest-scoring SCRABBLE performs of all time, the start of the area SCRABBLE Championship, in addition to a few of the extra colourful figures that inhabit this lifestyle. Die-hard note fanatics will locate useful tips about how best avid gamers see their forums and racks to come back up with the simplest play, how they organize, and the psychology of event pageant. these uninitiated within the mysteries of SCRABBLE mania will discover a pleasant, madcap memoir approximately the entire enjoyable humans have with language and the way phrases form our lives and tradition in unforeseen ways.
Whether reminiscing approximately earlier nationwide champions, detailing the talk over efforts to purge the respectable SCRABBLE gamers Dictionary of all offensive phrases, opining at the variety of vowelless phrases which are allowable (cmw for a Welsh deep-walled basin or nth for the final word degree), noting how lengthy it takes a be aware to get right into a dictionary, or explaining why there stay extra male than lady champions, Williams crafts a loving tribute to phrases and the video games humans play with them. note Nerd will fascinate either amateurs and professional specialists alike.