Nigel Richards’ command of the language of Molière as the French like to call it stretches to ‘bonjour’ and being able to count. However the New Zealander who has been called “the Tiger Woods of Scrabble” certainly has a way with words – even French ones. Despite his linguistic handicap Richards has just won the francophone world Scrabble championships after reportedly memorising the entire French Scrabble dictionary in just nine weeks.
‘He doesn’t speak French at all – he just learned the words’ his close friend Liz Fagerlund told the New Zealand Herald. ‘He won’t know what they mean – wouldn’t be able to carry out a conversation in French I wouldn’t think’.