For those of you who don't play Internet games, WWF is basically Scrabble only with two people, so the humiliation is on a personal level. You can play as many games as you want at a time though, so you can risk being humiliated by several people at once in the vain hope that you might, sweet baby Jesus please, beat at least one of them.
So far that strategy has not worked out for me.
Not only are there now several people in my office I can't look directly in the eye, but there is also a Dad at Meg's day care, several people I went to college with, Suzanne from Married Geeks, and I think Sarah Palin.
Oh, and Tara. I can't forget that she is beating me. She won't let me.
I asked Tara to play knowing that she hates Scrabble and therefore hasn't played in as long as I have and probably would be an easy mark. Really, I can't tell you how dumb that was. Since she started what can only be called a "whupping" I have tired several times to convince her I am letting her win. It isn't working though, because she reminded me how much we both enjoy gloating.
Truth be told, I don't really enjoy it though when she's doing it.
I try to tell myself that this really isn't a commentary on my intelligence. That lots of people who are smart and have good vocabularies and consider themselves linguistically gifted aren't good at Scrabble. That I happen to know a large number of people who love Scrabble and possibly spend all of their free time playing when I am doing other things -- like blogging or saving orphaned seal pups from burning buildings. That I will eventually get better at this, and know that "xu" is a word while "xoja" is not. I really wish it was though. That would have saved my ass when I was playing a guy from high school today. Well, maybe not saved it, but made it less sad in defeat.
Maybe I should just wait for a sarcasm based game to come out. It could also be called "Words with Friends" but you would say it differently, so people would get the meaning.
I definitely wouldn't play that one with Tara though. I know my limits.