As you probably already know, the World Scrabble Championship 2016 final took place on Saturday. Brett Smitheram, a 37-year-old east Londoner took home the grand prize of €7,000, which is equivalent to about £5,800.
The 176-point word that led to his victory? Braconid, which is a parasitic wasp.
His other high-scoring words were periagua (an American Indian canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk; 76 points), sundri (an east Indian tree; 28 points), and gynaecia (the plural of gynoecium, the female part of a flower; 95 points).
What this proves is that knowing fancy science and history words can help you score mad points in a Scrabble game, and maybe even win the big bucks.
In other news, I’ve literally never won a game of Scrabble in my life.[The Guardian]