Properly Speaking

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This topic was covered in my Scrabble book. Here’s another angle on the subject.

 

Proper names are not allowed in Scrabble. But there are more than 300 first names that are legal. Some of them like, ROB, BOB, PAT, and BILL, are easy to see why they are acceptable. Others like, APOLLO, SPENCER, and TOM are not so easy to understand. Nevertheless, for those people with first names can boldly, and legally, be played on a Scrabble board, it must be considered somewhat an honor, and maybe something to boast about.

 

Rarer are those people whose first AND last names are Scrabble acceptable words.

 

These come to mind;

 

AL GORE [Politician]

BABE RUTH

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

BILL GATES

BOB GIBSON [At least two professional baseball players had this name]

BOB HOPE

BONNIE PARKER

CHEVY CHASE

CHUCK JONES [Animator]

DAN BROWN [Writer]

HENRY FIELDING [Writer]

HENRY FORD

JAY LENO

JIMMY CARTER

MARK TWAIN

MIKE MARSHALL

MIKEY MANTLE

PATTY DUKE

PENNY MARSHALL

TOM CRUISE

TOM HARDY (Actor)

WILLY NELSON

 

And even rarer are people whose first, middle, and last names are Scrabble acceptable. These two come to mind.

 

BILLIE JEAN KING [Tennis player]

TOMMY LEE JONES [Actor]

 

What about me? Well, my first name, Rob is a Scrabble word. And so is my middle name. And this may be a stretch, but my last name is also a Scrabble word (I checked). But since I am Hispanic, with a Spanish surname, my last name is not found in an English dictionary, but a SPANISH dictionary. And it is acceptable in the Spanish version of Scrabble.

 

 

Rob 😉

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