Need practice in Welsh language? Try playing Scrabble™

So, how many points is "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch" worth, anyway? The Welsh language, native tongue of half a million people, now has its own version of the popular Scrabble™ board game.

In Mattel's Scrabble™ game, players receive a random selection of square tiles, each with a letter, and try to form them into words that merge with—and use letters from— other players' words on a grid-layout board. The more letters you have, and the more uncommon your letters ("X" and "Q" count higher than "E" or "S", for instance), the more points you get.

In the new Welsh edition, special tiles for "LL", "DD", "FF", "NG", and "RH" are offered, because these are treated as single letters, while "Q" and "Z" are missing entirely.

Okay, I'll admit it...

Okay, I'll admit it....I just had to use that long place name in an article on this site somewhere, so that it'll appear in our search engine and get hits from Google. I have no shame. ;-)

That's okay, the only reason

That's okay, the only reason I know how to say "Llanfair...gogogoch" is that Cotter's Bequest (a band from Australia) wrote a song about it. The L-word is the whole chorus! Most people who request the song on my radio show just ask for the "Welsh Tongue Twister". ;-)