Games are very important to people, from the Ancient World, contributing to their entertainment. The Greeks invented the first games in ancient times and they are the ones who also imagined the Olympic Games. These games were held in honor of living people, of the gods, some as thanksgiving offerings.
As time went by, people created many games. Today, for example, they play on the computer killing monsters and trying to conquer lands to build towns and capitals.
A very common game is still “Hangman”. It was invented sometime during the Victorian era. It was first mentioned in Alice Bertha Gomme’s “Traditional Games” in 1894 and was named “Birds, Beasts and Fish”. Later, in other sources, the game was called “Gallows”, “The Game of Hangin” or “Hanger”.
Like any other game, it has rules but they are very simple. One player writes the first and last letters of an object, animal, or plant, and the other player needs to guess the other letters in between. The word to guess is represented by a row of hyphens, giving the number of letters. If the guessing player suggests a letter that appears in the word, the other player writes it in all its correct positions. If the suggested letter does not appear in the word, the other player draws an element of the hangman’s diagram.
The game ends when:
o The player who guesses completes the word or guesses the complete word correctly
o The other player completes the diagram.
We all know this game because we were used to playing it when we were kids and it is a word game that improves thinking and enriches vocabulary. Its rules are very simple and it is a challenge for each of us to verify our knowledge in a certain language.