Okay, so there may be nothing to get upset about with the recent news that Scrabble was changing the rules to allow proper nouns.
Slate clarifies for those upset, myself included, over this news:
Here’s what’s actually happening. Mattel, which owns the rights to Scrabble outside of North America, is introducing a game this summer called Scrabble Trickster. The game will include cards that allow players to spell words backward, use proper nouns, and steal letters from opponents, among other nontraditional moves. The game will not be available in North America, where rival toy company Hasbro owns Scrabble. Hasbro, I’m told, has no plans for a similar variation.
Such a relief.