Speed dating hammersmith
In a cheeky bid to spice up London’s speed-dating scene, a nocturnal events organizer has come up with the idea of reinventing the rules of Scrabble.
In the process, he is transforming the venerable board game, a favorite of wordsmiths around the world, into an exercise in erotic diction.
‘You’re less uncomfortable‘ “People like Scrabble but in a dating capacity it’s maybe a bit too straight,” the 35-year-old, wearing a black t-shirt and ripped jeans, told AFP.
“Dirty words tend to open up the conversation.” However, Scrabble is a game of patience which requires the utmost concentration, and seemingly ill-suited to the frenetic pace and emotional tension inherent in the timed meetings of speed-dating.
So Sinclair has devised some new, minimal, rules to his dirty version: no points, 11 letters picked out at a time instead of seven, and the right to take some liberties with spelling.
He hopes players will shed any sense of shame and embrace the maxim: “Where there is embarrassment, there is no pleasure”.
“We try to make it as dirty as possible,” Sinclair said.
“After a drink or two, the words become a lot dirtier.“We want people to be creative with their words as well, so if they want to come up with new words that are dirty, they can.” True to the speed-dating formula, players move from table to table, with seven-minute games at each.On the boards, word sequences invariably throw up something to smile about—intentionally or not—and can resemble a libertine conversation.A shared “H” gives rise to “hung” and “hot”, while nearby, “boobs” leads to “dogy”, which in turn produces “yea” and then “ass”.“There’s been some awful words—everything from penis, arse, gonads,” said Neil Shah, a 40-year-old participant, in a pink sweater. people are relaxed and sometimes using ridiculous language breaks down the barrier so you’re laughing and you’re less uncomfortable.” Shah believes the art of communication has been lost in the digital age and welcomes anything, including Dirty Scrabble, that means “you have to have a conversation.” Even better than an app Scrabble-lover Tamara Jacobs, 34, jumped at the chance to meet a man in the flesh, and not through an online app. In some instances, connected words create suggestive combinations: “Love sexy boy rod”, “bite ear” or “biteme heaven”, among them.“I don’t really have time to sit around and swipe through a catalog of men to figure out if one of them is worthy of conversation,” she said, turned out for the evening in a floral dress. If sparks are not flying between a couple, Dirty Scrabble can help avoid those awkward silences.On the board, her linguistic sparring partner lines up a slang word for ejaculation. “If it gets a bit flustered you can play a couple of words, think of another question,” said Dave Anthony, 32, sporting a t-shirt and beard for the occasion.“You’re not sitting there like a deer in headlights.” Later in the night, guests divulge to Sinclair—under strict secrecy—the names of those they would like to see again. But before the results are even in, the game seems to have worked its magic, as two of his singletons slip out of the bar together. NVG RELATED STORIES: New dating app helps ‘geeks’ find true love Smart is sexy: New dating app ‘Sapio’ matches users based on intelligence Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70 titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. STOP PRESSBook in now for our CHISLEHURST CAVES GHOST TOUR on Sunday 25th March.This is a brilliant event to come along to, as we have our own private guide who makes the visit fun, interesting and informative. You will have a great afternoon out, and meet lots of new single people.Speed dating has been around for a few years now, but it’s still something that many single people are yet to try.