I avoided the game of Scrabble as a young person because I am a terrible speller. Actually, I am a great speller. I know when I'm spelling a word wrong....I just can't figure out how to spell it right! I am often amazed that I can read (and read voraciously) because I do not understand phonics. My daughter can attest to this: she recently tried to get me to make the sounds certain letters make and I literally could not.
But somewhere along the way of life, my husband and I got a Scrabble game and started playing. When it's just him and I, in a good sport, fun times game, I will ask him if I'm spelling a word right before I lay it out. Clearly, this is not a cut throat kind of game!
The letter I hate getting is "J". I can only think of words like Jam, Jar, Jet, Jelly, and Jem. I know. Jem isn't right. And really, I am thinking of Gem. I'd rather get a Q or an X than to see the letter J. The problem seems to be I can not think of a word that J is in other than the first letter. And of those words, they are all very short and very little points.
I'm not sure why my husband even plays Scrabble with me......Actually, I do. He usually has the most points (let's not get into labels of 'winner' or 'loser') and we usually laugh the whole time we play.
Now, Rummy, on the other hand. I'll cut him with the cards if I think I'm losing. We tend to not play that anymore!