National Scrabble Day is observed annually on April 13th. Originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words, Alfred Mosher Butts eventually settled on the name Scrabble.  The amateur artist and unemployed architect developed the word game in the midst of the depression.  Still, it wasn’t until 1948, a final name change and a trademark that Butts finally began to produce the game.  

Scrabble is played with two to four players who score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15 x 15 grid.

In the United States, the name Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. Scrabble is sold in 121 countries with 29 different language versions. Worldwide, over One hundred and fifty million sets have been sold with sets being found in nearly one-third of American homes.

• 1984 – Scrabble became a daytime game show on NBC

•2004 – Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame

•Some cities sponsor Scrabble tournaments on the weekend closest to National Scrabble Day

•The word “scrabble” means to “grope frantically.”


Call your friends and play a game or two of Scrabble! Use #NationalScrabbleDay to post on social media.


The creator of National Scrabble Day was not found.  However, it is celebrated April 13th in honor of the birth of Alfred Mosher Butts, born on April 13, 1899.

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