April 6th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

Jay-Z for 23 points? Scrabble says yes

Attention scrabble players! Mattel, the company that produces the popular game, is changing the rules. It's allowing you to score points by spelling out proper nouns.

A spokesperson told the BBC it will add a new dimension to the game by allowing an element of pop culture, which could attract a new, younger generation of players.

"This could cause a power shift between the generations, with those possessing a keen knowledge of the top 40 singles' chart legitimately able to cite such high-scoring examples as singers N-Dubz (17 points) and Jay-Z (23 points)," the spokeswoman told the BBC.

It's the first time since the game was invented in 1938 that a rule has changed.

But Mattel says the old rules won't go away completely.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Jayyyy

    It is NOT that serious, it is not like Scrabble is some sort of professional sport or something.
    It is a simple fun board game. GET OVER IT.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Donna Sheppard

    This is so exciting! Scrabble is my favorite game and this new rule will "spice" things up. Thank You.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mel

    What’s the big deal .The people that I know who play all have variations of the rules ,they call them House rules. Keep playing have some fun.

    April 11, 2010 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
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