mosaic (masochistically) wrote,

jvp - Hard-wired for Scrabble - but how?

After 11+ years of online crossword-game play, totaling something like 15,000 games, it should not be a surprise that certain cues -- particularly computer-interface cues that are verbally oriented -- immediately prompt in my brain an urge to play.

Any time I make a typo (which is often), at the instant that I backspace to correct it, some trigger deep in my hypocerebelluthalamus whispers ssscrabbble!

. . .

So why should it be, when I was flipping through channels last night and happened upon a view of the Australian Open like this one, that I heard that same whisper?

The mind is wonderful and scary instrument.
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