What does "jenga" mean?


Jenga is a Swahili word that means to build, construct or to make. It is also the name of the second best-selling game in the world, which involves the construction (and eventual destruction) of a small tower.

Leslie Scott, who was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and grew up in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ghana, launched the game Jenga at the London Toy Fair in 1983. The game begins by stacking 54 wooden blocks, so each layer of three blocks rest perpendicularly across the one beneath. Each player removes one block at a time, replacing it on the top of the tower. The player who causes the tower to topple loses the game. The game is derived from a traditional Ghanaian game played with wooden blocks.

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