Every so often, something so completely revolutionary, so paradigm-shifting comes along that you really just cannot imagine how society will continue to function in future. And today, today of all days, such a revolution has occurred.
The rules of word game Scrabble are being changed for the first time in its history to allow the use of proper nouns, games company Mattel has said.
Place names, people’s names and company names or brands will now count.
So, presuming that you have now cleaned up the shambles created by your involuntary spluttering of tea all over the table, tidied up all the things your involuntary spasm rearranged so vigorously, perhaps we can delve into the reasons for changing something that has remained largely unchanged since before World War 2:
Mattel, which brings out a new version of the game containing amended rules in July, hopes the change will encourage younger people to play.
It seems, therefore, that the apparent “dumbing down” of children is not restricted to the United Kingdom. It truly is an appalling state of affairs. And as final kick in the teeth to traditionalists, Mattel have decided that perhaps there need be no rules at all:
Mattel said there would be no hard and fast rule over whether a proper noun was correct or not.
Give me strength. Coming to a Scrabble board near you: jalambi.