Word for Word #5 Scrabble master

Nov 30, 2016

Fancy yourself a dab hand at Scrabble? Meet Esther Perrins. She's a former British national champion and Guinness World Record holder, and her highest score for a single game of Scrabble is a staggering 683 points. Also: Sue Butler muses on the enduring appeal of folk etymologies and the Pan Macmillan book club deploys some very classy favourite words.

Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.

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Favourite words

Thanks to the Pan Macmillan book club for their favourite words: petrichor, schadenfreude, freuden freuden, onomatopoeia, discombobulation, antiglobalist, cheese

And their least favourite word: First World problems

Additional links

Read more about the topics discussed in this episode:

The Scrabble dictionary

What are etymologies and how to find them

Player Profile - Esther Perrins

Eastwood resident Esther Perrins is the top ranked female Scrabble player in the world



Word for Word is produced by Kate Sherington for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.

Thanks are due to Sue Butler, Victoria Morgan, Melissa Kemble, Adrik Kemp and the whole team at Macquarie. Thanks also to Esther Perrins and the Pan Macmillan book club.

Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. All sound effects are public domain or via Soundsnap, Pond5, and Stockmusic.com with the exception of river atmos (ref 62487), and wine pouring (ref 220303) licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Our logo is by Amy Sherington.

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