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If you are a writer or editor, is Scrabble ever just a game?

I have a friends who are doctors, but I don’t think it’d be held against them if they lost a game of Operation. But playing Scrabble with my wife and in-laws last weekend, I felt self-inflicted pressure to win as a result of my given profession.

Despite not being allowed to use the word “texiled” (I defined it as “the act of being exiled to Texas”), I managed to win.

And in case I thought I was putting too much pressure on myself, that night I logged onto Facebook. My college roommate is a reporter, his fiancée’s status bragged that she’d beaten him “at scrabble 2 times in 2 days…and words are his job!”

So much for the pressure coming just from within.

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