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A veteran Scrabble player will spot the "OSTRICH" option.
Title text: A veteran Scrabble player will spot the "OSTRICH" option.


This comic depicts a game of Scrabble, a popular board game where the goal is to form words with the letters in your hand. The joke here is that the obvious option here is the word "clitoris" (a part of the female genitalia), which is an inappropriate word for a family Scrabble game. The title-text points out that the letters in the hand can also form the word "OSTRICH."


Randall uses the word "Ostrich" as an alternate word, but "Historic" would gain more points.


[A first-person view of a family scrabble game at a table. The two letters on the board are 'HI' and the letters in your hand are 'CLTORIS']
This always happens to me in family Scrabble games.

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Does anyone know the points for "Ostrich", "Historic", and "Coistril"? I know the game but I don't have it at home.--Dgbrt (talk) 18:25, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

Not sure what double word type modifiers they have but here are the base scores:
clitoris 10 + 50
coistril 10
ostrich  12
historic 13
Choosing historic would be the best family friendly option, but is a far less desirable choice. 05:43, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
The only placement for historic would get it onto the triple word score with one doubled letter, making 42. Still nowhere near coistril or clitoris, though (which can both get the 50 point bonus and the double letter score for the C). 21:25, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Please do a separate post and do not destroy the former discussions.--Dgbrt (talk) 22:49, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

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clitoris 60
coistril 60
ostrich  12
historic 42
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The best option would be lictors and hic, scoring 71 points. 14:48, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
Any prove? --Dgbrt (talk) 23:19, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Randall uses the word "Ostrich" as an alternate word, but "Historic" or "Coistril" would gain more points. -- Matchup (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Top 17 Options taking into account what of the board opens up.

[Hic/Lictors 71points], [Lictors/Chi, 69 points], [Hit/Lictors, 69 points], [His/Lictors, 69 points],
[Lictors/Sh, 69 points], [Lictors/Li, 69points], [Trochils, 64 points], [Clitoris, 63 points]x2,
[Coistril, 63]x2, [Historic, 42], [Col/Oh/Li, 17 points], [Hic/Col, 15 points], [Hit/Lotic, 21 points],
[Chi/Col, 14 points], [Li, 3 points]

Top 14 Scoring words

[Lictors, 64-69]x6, [Trochils, 64], [Clitoris, 63]x2, [Coistril, 63]x2, [Historic, 42], [Lotic,21],
[Lictor,18-20]x3, [Colts,19], [Cots,18]x2, [Cost,18]x2, [Colt,18], [Cols,18], [Cist,18], [Scot,18]

Ostrich is a bad plan either way.

--- How can you get "historic" from the tiles shown? The player doesn't have an "h" and has only one "i." Jelsemium (talk) Jelsemium

Because 'Historic' starts with 'Hi', which has already been played. He can place 'storic' on the end of the existing 'Hi'. -Graptor 04:19, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
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