Today the United States celebrates National Scrabble Day. Sure, it’s obviously a holiday created by the multinational conglomerate known as “Big Words” to get you to buy small wooden letter tiles and a 15×15 game board, but it’s worth noting that Scrabble has become a global phenomenon. Over 150 million Scrabble games have been sold in 121 countries worldwide in 29 different languages.
In 2010 Scrabble officially changed its rules allowing players to play proper names including names of cities, countries, and other localities. That’s good news for travelers, tourists, and digital nomads who live to add new names of places they have visited to their completed bucket lists.
Here are a few 15 letter places that you can visit and use to dominate your Scrabble opponents on National Scrabble Day.
Bhimarayanagudi is a camp town in Gulbarga, Karnataka, India. The local language is Kannada. The name Bhimarayanagudi translates to “Temple of Bheemaraya(Bhima).”
Pindamonhangaba is a municipality in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The local language is Tupi. The name Pindamonhangaba translates to “place where fish hooks are made.”
Streisângeorgiua is a village in Hunedoara, Romania. The local language is Romanian. Unfortunately, the translation is unknown. If I had to guess it was named after its favorite singer, Barbara.
Senangkhanikhom is a district in the northern part of Amnat Charoen Province, Thailand. The local language is Thai. Senangkhanikhom translates to “army settlement.”
And just for fun here is a totally unplayable name of a hill in New Zealand that the Guinness Book of World Records says is the longest place name in the world at 85 letters:
The name translation is almost as long, “the summit of the hill, where Tamatea, who is known as the land eater, slid down, climbed up and swallowed mountains, played on his nose flute to his loved one.”
Armed with these new words, do what digital nomad scrabble enthusiasts always say, “Play big words, and leave home.”
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