No, that headline is not a typo. It's a reference to how the popular app "Words with Friends" really feels when I'm matched up against my father-in-law, Dan. Games against Dan are often accompanied by fierce competition and some friendly trash-talk. He's also not shy about using words that range from mildly off-color to downright unprintable in this family-friendly blog. The other day, after he played all 7 letters in the word "titties," I texted Dan my congratulations. Needless to say, "nice titties" is not something I ever thought I'd be texting my father-in-law.
One nice advantage Words with Friends has over traditional Scrabble is that the computer is the one who decides whether or not a play is legitimate or not, something that causes lots of trouble in my parents' house, as well as in the above Real Life Adventures.
But of course people have been trying to get away with bogus words for decades now (or if the above Argyle Sweater is to be believed, for centuries).
Just as I have difficulties in keeping a healthy level of competition going while playing my father-in-law, my wife, in turn, refuses to play with my uncle or dad in analog scrabble. Part of the reason is their almost singleminded focus on playing all 7 letters for the 50 point bonus, something they accomplish almost every game, even at times on the very first play, a la Joan from Stone Soup.
I hope you enjoyed these comics. I'd love to post a few others, but I've got a push-button notification that it's my turn, and now that I'm officially through with the work day, it's time to scheme how I can get a P, C and W into the same word on an open triple-word square. Wish me luck!