The Purple Evolution

Episode 12: Tim Bottorff Interview: Sex, Slurs, & Scrabble!

August 31, 2020 Armand Dellavolpe and Doug Halper Season 1 Episode 12
The Purple Evolution
Episode 12: Tim Bottorff Interview: Sex, Slurs, & Scrabble!
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The Purple Evolution
Episode 12: Tim Bottorff Interview: Sex, Slurs, & Scrabble!
Aug 31, 2020 Season 1 Episode 12
Armand Dellavolpe and Doug Halper

What’s a word’s worth anyway?  Well, these days it’s more than the “Q” and the “Z” combined on a triple-word-score!  Or so describes one of the top Scrabble players in the country, Tim Bottorff.  A mild-mannered librarian by trade (well, not so mild – he’s the Rosen Library department head at the University of Central Florida,) Tim puts on his linguistics and etymology cape at night and takes the English language by storm.  And playing Scrabble on the competitive circuit (yes, there is such a thing) is only the beginning.  For almost a decade, Tim has volunteered his time and talents to the dictionary committee of NASPA (North American Scrabble Players Association) which involves keeping up to date on the almost 200,000 words in the tournament players’ list.  Why is this topic on The Purple Evolution Podcast?  Listen to find out!  The sex and slurs might have you thinking twice about your grandmother’s Scrabble.  

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What’s a word’s worth anyway?  Well, these days it’s more than the “Q” and the “Z” combined on a triple-word-score!  Or so describes one of the top Scrabble players in the country, Tim Bottorff.  A mild-mannered librarian by trade (well, not so mild – he’s the Rosen Library department head at the University of Central Florida,) Tim puts on his linguistics and etymology cape at night and takes the English language by storm.  And playing Scrabble on the competitive circuit (yes, there is such a thing) is only the beginning.  For almost a decade, Tim has volunteered his time and talents to the dictionary committee of NASPA (North American Scrabble Players Association) which involves keeping up to date on the almost 200,000 words in the tournament players’ list.  Why is this topic on The Purple Evolution Podcast?  Listen to find out!  The sex and slurs might have you thinking twice about your grandmother’s Scrabble.