Book Review: Weird Little Words That Win Word Games

| February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Weird Little Words that Win Word Games
(Word Buff’s Totally Unfair Word Game Guides)

In case you don’t already know, I’m a big fan of The man behind the site is Derek McKenzie and I signed up for his mailing list some time ago. The other day, I received an email from him with an offer to grab a free copy of his newest Kindle eBook, Weird Little Words That Win Word Games.

First of all, I want to admit that Derek’s website was one of my biggest inspirations for starting Scrabble Skills. I loved how personal his site content was and he obviously had the street credit when it comes to being a serious player, since he played in the Australia nationals.

Like me, he is a wordsmith and obviously shares my passion for word games of all kinds. So when I got an email from him that said his newest book was available for free for a limited time, I of course had to snatch up a copy and read it using Amazon’s Cloud Reader immediately.

I was surprised at how thoroughly he explained the strategic words he included in this helpful little guide. He gives you much more than just the definition. It has pictures to help illustrate each of the obscure words he shares with readers and word game enthusiasts, and he also offers tips on how to hook onto each one and makes sure to tell you if there are any anagrams using the same letters too.

As the title suggests, the words that Derek has carefully selected for this book are winners for all types of word games, from Scrabble to crosswords and beyond. So it really doesn’t make much difference which games is your favorite, since this is full of great ideas to win word games of all kind.

This book is definitely not for people who are simply looking for Scrabble cheats and cheap tricks. It’s for serious players and people who are genuinely interested in mastering word games and who have a strong passion for and love of language in general.

What I love most about this book is how well it caters to those of us who love words and their meanings equally. You can tell that Derek is a kindred spirit by the way he embraces the history of each word and fully explains their origins throughout this handy little book. It’s no secret that word lovers have a definite tendency to be the type who love learning in general and I’m sure they will appreciate all the related trivia for these little word gems as well.

Ever been playing a game of Scrabble with someone who thinks they are going to make you look like a fool by asking you what a word you just played actually means? Surprise them by offering the definition effortlessly and immediately by reading this book, and make your opponent even more frustrated. This is a must-have, so grab it up folks.

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