Playing word games
The perennial favorite is, of course, Scrabble, at which Naomi always beats me because she has sneakily researched exotic words like zax and xenophobe. (Look them up; I had to.)
There are a few new word games out you may want to try, or buy as holiday gifts for wordsmiths. Here are three:
Split Decision, wherein players are given cards containing a series of words, and you have to decide in which of two categories the word belongs. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds, and can get hilarious.
InWords, for which each player begins a round by spinning a wheel to reveal an everyday word. The player then works with team mates to come up with responses containing that word, to earn points. If you’re like me, you could always use a few more points in this life.
Wordie Wars. You have to be the first player to come up with a five-letter word from your collection.
No four-letter words permitted in any of these games if you lose.