The game of Scrabble is, hands down, my most favorite game to play. And I don’t mean that it’s my favorite game to play in speech therapy, I mean that it’s my favorite game to play anytime, anywhere! In my opinion, Scrabble forces your brain to think in ways that it normally doesn’t, and that helps you to expand your vocabulary and become a more effective communicator. My friends and I like to play Scrabble several times a month, but they very much dislike playing against me. You know why?
Because I’m a speech-language pathologist and SLPs are the best Scrabble players around! (HAHA!)
I have great news for you if you are a SLP like me. The words that you and I use in our professional lives can help us during our Scrabble competitions. BIG TIME! To fully illustrate just how powerful SLP terminology is in this particular game, I have compiled a list of the top 6 SLP words I have made in the past that have scored me some solid Scrabble points.
#6 – axon (11 points)
That long thready looking part of a nerve cell where a bunch of impulses are conducted from the cell body to other cells? Yup. That’s the definition of an axon so fork over the 11 points, please!
#5 – cortex (15 points)
Oh the cerebral cortex, how I adore you. Mr. Cortex is the outer layer of the cerebrum, which is composed of folded gray matter. And Mr. Cortex is worth 15 points. I’ll take it!
#4 – apraxia (16 points)
I bet you already knew that the inability to perform tasks or movements, as a result of a motor planning disorder, is called apraxia. However, I bet you didn’t know that the word will land you 16 points!
#3 – maxilla (16 points)
Anatomy is important to know in this field. Without going into too much detail, your upper jaw bone? Yea, you can call that the maxilla. And you can also call it 16 points!
#2 – larynx (16 points)
Our elementary school-aged students usually call it the voice box, but we professionals call it the larynx. 16 points? Don’t mind if I do!
#1 – pharynx (22 points)
You know that cavity that connects the mouth and nasal passages with the esophagus? It’s the pharynx and it just might be the mother of all SLP scrabble words. 22 points?! Seriously?! Seriously.
In closing . . .
I truly hope that this post will help you dominate in the epic sport known as Scrabble! So, would you dare to go against me in a Scrabble match? How about this? Whenever you and I meet for the first time, let’s play a game of Scrabble. If I win, you have to buy me a slice of pizza. If you win, I have to give you Multiple Choice Articulation and I Dare You Articulation for free + I will buy you a slice of pizza + I will give you $10.00. Are you up for that challenge? Email me right now and let me know! 😉