Speedcubing – language and words in the news

Posted by on August 20, 2009

www.wordle.netSpeedcubing is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Online Dictionary.

Speedcubing is about solving a Rubik’s Cube at speed. We had a Rubik’s Cube at primary school, which seemed an odd and cruel place for it, although perhaps the teachers were hoping a prodigy might come along, and you have to catch those really young if you want to make the news. I was not that prodigy. I’d fiddle with it for at least a whole twenty seconds (by which time most speedcubers have finished) before throwing it down in impatient, baffled frustration, unable to sort into one colour more than a single line of three on one face. But then again, I didn’t memorise the algorithms; I was just going on trial and error, when there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations of the tiles on a Rubik’s Cube.

Despite all this, some weighty brains are able to whip that box into shape in a matter of seconds, and the rate they do it at merits them their own name: speedcubers.

For the joy of confounding people anew, the original inventor of the Rubik’s Cube has come up with a new form of mental bewilderment.

If, on the other hand, you want to try something a little less dry, you could take up paddleboarding instead, which is another new phenomenon.

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