There are approximately 1,015 three-letter words in the English language, many of which local resident Brent Beal knows.

A former English major at Brigham Young University and a visiting assistant professor of corporate strategy at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., Beal did not garner this wealth of knowledge from his years at the university, but rather, somewhat recently when his interest in Scrabble was reignited through the game's Facebook application.

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