WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I love the simplicity of the game. And yet it's challenging. It's all about great content. You've done an amazing job here. It's not too trivial and mundane, and yet not too simplistic and obvious. You feel smart when getting it right, but when you can't figure it out, it still has that great "aha, of course" quality when hearing the answer.
— Dave, Seattle
If you are looking for a fun yet educational game you will want to pick this up for sure. I was amazed at how many phrases we use but don’t really know the origin or real meaning of. Some are obvious but some are not - you will be amazed too! We played with a group of adults and we played with our 11 and 13 year old boys. A game can be played in as little as 15 minutes and while it is recommended for ages 13+, kids teamed up with parents can open this game up to all ages! We LOVE Orijinz!
Canadian Parents Magazine
Wonderful game! Kept the family engaged and "howling" for hours!
Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina
Played Orijinz for the first time on New Year's Eve and everyone had a blast playing it.
Oak Forest, IL
I've been curious about this game for a long time (seeing it advertised on 'Word of the Day') and I'm SO glad I finally bought it. My family loves it, especially the bluffing version of playing it.
I bought this as a gift for a friend of mine. She says it is the best game ever. She takes it everywhere just in case she gets caught some place with nothing to do. We played a little when she first got it. It's entertaining and you may just learn something, too.
My husband and I love words. We were delighted to find our family loved the game too. Thank you.
Sally and Steve
Little Current, Ont. Canada
I am a word nerd, so I won't beat around the bush. Here's my blurb: I love Orijinz.
I bought this to take to the next family get together - but my husband and I have been enjoying it so much ourselves we will have to get the next edition for the family.
My 15-year-old daughter and I played Orijinz for the first time, and both of us enjoyed it. (If you know teens, you know how difficult it is to find a game that they will play with their parents.) We plan on playing again.
Bought two Orijinz games for Christmas. Gave one as a gift to a family who enjoy games and certainly the command of the English language. Played with my two sons (college age) and we really enjoyed the challenge of figuring out the words and phrases. A great educational tool and fun competition for the family and/or friends!
We haven't put this game down since Christmas - now I feel like an idiot that I didn't order one for everyone I know! Great, great, GREAT word game!
Laguna Beach, CA
I love this game! I got it for my family for Christmas and we can't stop playing. We highly recommend it!
The family has pulled out the cards two nights in a row now. It is great fun . . . and good learning too. Emmy, my 11 year old daughter, reads the cards while my wife and I face-off to come up with the answer. The vocabulary is great for Emmy -- she can read the cards fairly well, but there are some new and challenging words for her sprinkled throughout the origins. It's a great opportunity for us to help her expand her vocabulary.
Here's the funny piece my daughter has added to the game . . . if my wife and I are completely stumped, my daughter breaks into charades and acts out the answer. It's had us in stitches. e.g. "coconut".
I can't find the words to express how much I like this game. My only concern being, how to get new cards... what's next? After everyones seen the old cards, they all know the answers. Thank you.
Los Angeles, CA
I gave the games as gifts to friends who love words. they have played and laughed and learned and shared the game with me. how fortunate we are. thanks for such a pleasure.
Santa Barbara, CA
Purchased Orijinz as a Christmas gift. Had the pleasure of playing while visiting the recipient of the game. It was fun, informative, and interesting. I want to buy one for myself now! I love "trivia" type games and this fit that genra of games. Very impressed!
CONGRATULATIONS!! Great game! A definitely fun way of learning! I'm an English teacher and teacher trainer so...guess what! my colleagues, students and I are interested in English words and phrases!! :-) Playing games is a great way of learning! what you learn through games is way easier to remember. I regret having missed DERIVATION, I heard it´s also great fun !! We want a new edition, please!!
María Ema Mira
Montevideo, Uruguay, South America
Sent ORIJINZ to all my friends and family this holiday. A well priced, interesting and fun gift. Great service so all were delivered on time. To my surprise I received so many "thank you" notes and calls, ORIJINZ was appreciated!!
I originally purchased orijinz to play with my great-nieces & nephews. I played with friends on Thanksvgiving. We had so much fun. I would enjoy seeing some refill cards to add to this group.
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I bought a dozen sets and gave them for Christmas gifts to nephews, nieces, cousins, friends. So far I've had good reviews from all. The game is challenging and entertaining, especially when spelling is part of the answer.
What a fabulous game. We played recently and laughed and laughed for hours. I am ordering the second edition for us and a few other games to give as gifts.
I love this game! A "Word Wizard" friend shared with me about it, and I bought three games! I have given two of them to special people in my life, and WOW!!! WHAT FUN! I am a school teacher and love to share with my 6th graders about "idioms" and expressions. This game is an excellent way to do just that! I also like your suggestions about "making up" where the expression came from, which really gets creative juices flowing. This is fun whether you are in the car, in the classroom, or at the game table! I love ORIJINZ!!
I first read about Orijinz on AnuGarg's Word A Day site. I bought the game to play with my students and have given sets to many of my teacher friends. When I have a few spare minutes at the end of class, I'll grab a few cards and we go at it. My students beg me for it and several of them have purchased their own sets. Fabulous product, I highly recommend it!
la profe Dixon
I gave Orijinz I to my teenage nieces on Thanksgiving, and they obligingly (begrudgingly?) suggested the whole family try the game at the end of the day. The girls discovered not only how smart their dad is (surprise!), but also what a hilarious time everyone of various ages could have together.
I received the game for Christmas and read through the first deck of cards during the day, saving the other one for a later. I had feared the words and expressions would be too obscure or too obvious, but the selection strikes a nice balance between the possible extremes.
Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada
Our family took the cards on vacation and quizzed each other in airports and between card games. All ages really enjoyed learning this information. Let us know please if another version is ever to become available. This is great.
I love this game, and give it as birthday gifts all the time! It's so amazing to learn where phrases and words come from! Can't wait for the next edition!
Thanks to learning of this game via your word site, we purchased it for Christmas and it was a big hit. We've found it's also fun to simply look through the cards on your own and try to guess the "orijinz"
I gave this as a gift to a friend of mine and also took it with me on a family trip. We all had fun playing the game and learning a lot of information we never knew before. The only problem with the game is I want more more more! Keep those new versions coming!
Los Angeles, CA
I bought two games because it sounded fun and like it would be a good stocking stuffer or gift for someone. My college daughter came to visit and her flight was delayed for three hours so we went to a nearby restaurant and played it for at least an hour as we waited. I gave her the game because she wanted to go through all of the cards.
Great Fun and mentally challenging.
Long Beach, CA
We've played the game on family road trips & kept everyone alert, but most importantly, the driver. We also used it as a kind of ice breaker at a recent party of about 100 guests. Mother read each of three questions and the first person to yell out the answer received a prize...we had just three prizes...then several people wanted to see the box of cards and wrote down where to order it.
Fort Worth, TX
We played Orijinz over the holidays with a group of kids aged 10-17, and adults of all ages. We all found it charming, interesting, and intruiguing. A great family/group game. Thanks for creating it, Lydia
I have 4 kids all of whom enjoy playing. The youngest (6) likes to read the question, but all the others have fun answering. I enjoy learning where all the common turn of phrases we use come from.
I played orijinz for the first time with two other teacher colleagues. I am a life-long lover of words and student of etymologies, having written my Master’s thesis on the use of word origins in the development and learning of concepts. I, very modestly, of course, assumed I would easily trounce my competition, a science teacher and guidance counselor. However, to my surprise, the science oriented person was a very worthy adversary - and it turned out that we were each equally challenged. Interestingly, the game itself elicited from each of us some unexpected self-disclosures about the past and what certain words and meanings have for us. In the end, a very good time was had by all. Thanks for a great time!
Well, I bought the set to play with my grandkids. I'm a mystery author and also took it to my chapter meeting of Mystery Writers of America. The "smarties" on the board had a hoot playing it. They also are a pretty darn smart group and were hollering out the possible answers and right ones quickly. Bottom line: We all had great fun with it--and a few walked away feeling incredibly smart and/or smug. Great entertainment!
Pacific Northwest - U.S
I bought Orijinz after learning about it from my Wordsmith emails and my family loved playing it over the holidays. It was a smash hit! We would enjoy having new cards, whenever they are available.
US & India
My husband and I love this game! It's great for long road trips and you may even learn something now and then ;)
John Day, OR
Orijinz is a wonderful game for those who are curious about the derivation of words. It is both fun and informative, and often the life of the party.
Orijinz is such a unique, fun game. We enjoyed playing it. I really liked the detail in the packaging and the cards. It definitely looks like no corners were cut on content or presentation here. : )
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