July 21, 2015

WHY WOULD ANYONE LEARN A DYING LANGUAGE:

A non-French speaker just won the French Scrabble championship (Adam Epstein, 7/21/15, Quartz)

They call him the Bearded Wonder. Okay, no one actually calls him that (that we know of), but they should. He's the greatest living Scrabble player in the world, and he's at the height of his powers. Tennis has Serena Williams. Golf has Jordan Spieth. Soccer has Lionel Messi.

Scrabble has Nigel Richards, and he's arguably more dominant at his game than any of these other athletes are at theirs.

On Monday, July 20, Richards--a native of New Zealand--won the French-language world Scrabble championship. He does not speak a word of French.

Posted by at July 21, 2015 1:23 PM
  

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