Category Archives: Latin Scrabble

Latin Scrabble V: Why Latin Scrabble is Even Better than English Scrabble

English Scrabble mostly proceeds by adding words that cross those already on the board. Of course, one can also extend a word at either or both ends, turning CAP into CAPE and then into ESCAPE or CAPED or CAPER and … Continue reading

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Latin Scrabble IV: A Special Rule to Make Things More Interesting

A rule that increases the difficulty and interest of the game is to allow double or even triple score for homonyms, over and above any double or triple word scores marked on the board. This should not be permitted when … Continue reading

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Latin Scrabble III: Clarifying the Rules

Here are some tentative examples of possible rules and rule changes: To avoid arguments, it helps to have an authority. There are obviously no official Scrabble word-lists for Latin. For high school students and undergraduates, the teacher can be the … Continue reading

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Latin Scrabble II: Calculating Letter Frequencies

Getting hold of a sample of Latin text of any size is easy enough. I wanted 100,000 characters, so I copied three books from different websites into a single file. I believe they were Cicero’s 1st Catilinarian, Vergil’s Eclogues, and … Continue reading

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Latin Scrabble I: Introduction

Note: Four more parts will follow: II. Calculating letter frequencies, III. Clarifying the rules, IV. A special rule to make things more interesting, V. Why Latin Scrabble is better than English Scrabble. The whole will then be put together into … Continue reading

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