Friday, July 31, 2009

Who's Scamming Who?

Our friend Nina was here this week, visiting from Brazil. On yet another rainy day in New York she and Michael decided to play a rousing game of Scrabble. The only hitch was that she played in Portugese and he played in English.

He is not my best speller. Like his maternal grandfather, he prefers to spell phonetically. In their world, the word 'pizza' is spelled 'pitza'. I'm not kidding.

So when I walked in on this game and started studying the board I realized they had a pretty good thing going. Michael has no idea whether the words Nina puts down are 'real' and Nina can pretty easily be convinced that Michael's made up English words are genuine. It was a classic case of win-win, Scrabble style.

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