Firstly, just to help you visualize who you’re talking to, I’m the guy on the far left in the big photo at the top of this blog. That photo was taken at the 2008 National Scrabble Championship (Australia) and was something of a highlight for me in a life-long addiction to word play.
In that same year, I started a website (not this one!) called Word Buff, which I dedicated to the subjects of word games and puzzles.
It was natural to offer a Word of the Day to that audience, but when I eventually did, the response and the requirements for providing it soon became overwhelming. As a result, I decided to branch out and dedicate an entire blog to it. And that’s the blog you’re reading right now.
Why a new Word of the Day when there are already hundreds of them out there?
Well, those of us interested in word games and puzzles tend to have a very different perspective on words than pure vocabulary types. You see, we like to know things like whether a word has any interesting anagrams, or what letters (called hooks) can be placed at the front or back of the word to form a new word, or what crossword clues might be used to describe the word obliquely.
Also, the particular words we choose to learn are often not all that helpful in everyday conversations. That’s because we like to learn new words that pay dividends when we play Scrabble and Words With Friends, solve crossword puzzles, or compete in spelling bees.
So they’re exactly the sorts of words I focus on each day here.
Finally, as I know a large proportion of my readers have a soft spot in their hearts for one particular word game above all others, I endeavor to make sure that each and every word of the day you’ll find here is allowed in Scrabble! That doesn’t mean my daily words are about Scrabble, mind you. I cover tons of word play topics here. But I guess you could summarize by saying that I offer a Scrabble-friendly Word of the Day ;-)
And even more finally, if you prefer to get my word of the day via Email, Facebook, or Twitter, you’ll see a bunch of links at the top of every blog post that will let you do just that.
Or you could just click one of them now…
Wherever you like to learn your new words, I hope to see you there real soon!
All the best,
Derek McKenzie, aka Word Buff