This year’s Championships, held over the August Bank Holiday, saw Kevin McMahon, a trainee physics teacher, crowned as the best Scrabble player in the UK. The word ‘immortal’ helped to clinch his victory in the final.
To mark the occasion, the makers of Scrabble asked a selection of public figures to pick an English word they considered to sound the most beautiful; not because of its meaning or origins, rather the pleasure of speaking or hearing it. Celebrities included Stephen Fry, who opted for ‘snuffle’, while Trudie Styler chose ‘freckle’.
Jonathan Kirkley, marketing manager of games at Mattel, said: “Scrabble is a game that celebrates words and although it’s not always necessary to know their meanings to be a successful player, we are all drawn to particular words not because of their meaning but because of how they sound. We hope these ‘beautiful’ words will provide some inspiration for the next time that people play a game of Scrabble.”