Does NSA/MENSA Spell End for Words With Friends?

Words With Friends

You can hardly blame the Words With Friends player for trying YOLO. After all, you only live once. Am I right?

The NSA (National SCRABBLE Association) and MENSA vow to put an end to Words With Friends as we know it.

Words With Friends, a popular app that has made the Hasbro game, Scrabble, accessible to the masses via smart phones and tablets, has been acquired by a consortium of app opponents. The National SCRABBLE Association, a group supported by Hasbro and made of Scrabble enthusiasts and competitors from around the globe, announced yesterday that it has partnered with MENSA, the famed high IQ society, to put an end to what they describe as the “dumbing-down of America via fraudulent Scrabble,” by purchasing the product and implementing sweeping changes to the way the game is played. In question is Words With Friends players’ ability to play words that are otherwise unknown to them through the aide of online dictionaries and cheat sites.

“None of these people know the meaning of words like ‘qi’, ‘waesuck’, or ‘qis.’ They’re exploiting these treasures of the English language for points in a game,” lamented longtime NSA board member, Henry Williams. “People don’t understand why we’re upset about this game. They think it is promoting affection for language and word play among a new generation. They could not be more erroneous. This new generation is simply combing for words on cheat websites and online dictionaries. They never ascertain the significance of the words they use, and therefore never learn the joy of the logophile. They are frauds.”
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“I Argued Over The Meaning Of The Word ‘Natural’ For A Five-Hour Bus Ride:” A TDQ Q&A With Lexicographer Emily Brewster

Emily Brewster

If you looked lexicographer Emily Brewster up in the dictionary she would be found under both beauty and brains.

This week we speak to Merriam-Webster editor and internet sensation Emily Brewster. Emily tells us the best way to get our newest favorite word, “twext,” in the dictionary, spills the beans about her famous glasses and eases fears we had about the future of proper grammar use in the United States. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Emily Brewster:
 
The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

Emily Brewster: I inherited a subscription from a dear aunt in 1988. She’d been a big fan since her college days in the 1920s, and had bought herself a lifetime subscription. I remember watching her scroll through archive after archive. I’ll admit I didn’t immediately recognize the value of my inheritance, but I came to appreciate it deeply.
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