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SCRABBLE Word-of-the-Day

So, you want to improve your game. But, where to start? There are the basics (2's, 3's, 4's, common bingo stems, etc.), but then what? There are various software tools created for both desktop and handheld computers that you can use to study and find words. There are also various word lists out there (mostly for free). Check out links below to a variety of useful tools.

Just as important as learning more words is working on strategy. Joe Edley's Everything Scrabble is a great detailed tutorial on how to win the game. Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis also contains strategy tips, along with an entertaining history of the game and the competitive Scrabble® scene. Once you start playing, you can use the Quackle program for detailed game analysis.

Still looking for more? You should also check out Verbalobe, which not only has word lists, links, and daily quizzes, but numerous articles on study techniques, strategy, tournament journals, and lots of other interesting stuff. You can also join CGP, a Yahoo email list games.groups.yahoo.com/group/crossword-games-pro, to exchange information with other competitive Scrabble® players.

Please feel free to print these word lists for personal use, but please do not make copies of these lists and host them on another website.

Feel free to link to this page, or to a few of the lists here, but make sure the source (Seattle Scrabble Club) is identified; please don't just reproduce this page. thanks.

Software Study Tools (for internet, desktop, and handheld)

For your Personal Computer

  • www.zyzzyva.net - Word study program by Michael W Thelen
  • Quackle - Game analysis tool (you can also play against it)
  • WHAT - Wolfberg's Helpful Anagramming Tool
  • LeXpert - Carol & M.G. Ravichandran's anagrammer for your desktop and Pocket PC [note: the original LeXpert site is no more so your options are: 1) archived page(s) at the Wayback Machine (Be patient--it can take a while) or 2) Windows Exe only archive (speedier download) ]

Internet

  • Verbalobe - Lots of excellent study tools & articles on approaches to improving your game
  • Aerolith - Cesar del Solar's study tool (similar to JumbleTime)
  • Ottawa Study Room - Ottawa SCRABBLE Club online quizzes & word lists
  • Bingo Stems of the Week - Asheville SCRABBLE Club posts PowerPoint presentations of Bingo Stems
  • Cartoon Scrabble Anagrams - Bingo Anagrams illustrated with cartoons, by Norman Wei
  • JumbleTime - Jumbled Words, Anagrams, Time, Play
  • WordGlue - Stem builder, flashcards, etc., by John Dalton

For Handheld devices

  • Zyzzyva - Zyzzyva and Zyzzyva Lite are available for iPhone devices
  • Zarf - Anagrammer, clock, and word judge for iPhone
  • LAMPWords - Paul Sidorsky's anagrammer & word judge for your PALM device
  • Checkword - anagrammer & word judge for your iPhone [Lite version is free and just has word judge, full version also has anagramming tools]
  • Franklin - Handheld OSPD4/OWL2 device sold by Hasbro at www.wordgear.com
    Franklin Code: to unlock the OWL2 list on your Franklin:
    1. Press CLEAR
    2. At the READY screen, type **OTCWL
    3. Press ENTER

Other (not specifically for SCRABBLE® but could be useful or fun)

  • Word Twist - Facebook application where you have to find all the subanagrams in a 7-letter word (make sure you choose TWL as your dictionary)
  • www.playhangman.com - Hangman Scrabble:   Sevens and Eights
  • Scool - Paul McNett's online wordfinding tool
  • FreeRice.com - not strictly Scrabble, but it's a cute vocabulary quiz

Basic Word Lists

Transition to OWL2 Word Lists

ERRATA for OWL2 and OSPD4:

Note that errors have been found both in the printed OSPD4 and the printed OWL2, as well as the NSA's website and the Scrabble News (#201, announcing the new words). Check the NSA's ERRATA list for the final word.

Transition to OWL3

A separate page has been created for words lists and information about the transition to OWL3.

Word Lists

Ken Clark's word lists: [all of these use OWL2 and LL, where applicable]

  • -eds.doc - Words Ending in -ED To Which -S Can Be Added .
  • man-men.doc - Words ending in -MAN which can also end in -MEN, separate lists of words ending in -MAN and -MEN only.
  • -ie-y.doc - Separate lists of words ending in -IE which can or cannot be changed to -Y.
  • high5.doc - All 5-letter words that contain at least one 3-point (or higher) letter (new words also listed separately).
  • k-to-c.doc - Words containing a "K" that can be replaced with "C" to form a new word.
  • 3-no-2.doc - 3-letter words that can not formed by adding a letter to a 2-letter word.
  • stem7x.doc - All the new 7s indexed by stem.
  • stem8x.doc - All the new 8s indexed by stem.
  • probn7.doc - All the new 7s indexed by probability.
  • probn8.doc - All the new 8s indexed by probability.
  • AHOOKS.doc - All words with A- front hook.
  • SHOOKS.doc - all words with S- front hook.
  • HOOKSY.doc - all words with -Y end hook.
  • 4-5.doc - 4-to-make-5 (all 4-letter words, with 5-letter words formed from each by adding a letter)
  • 3-4.doc - 3-to-make-4 (all 3-letter words, with front & end hooks)
  • 2-3.doc - 2-to-make-3 (all 2-letter words, with front & end hooks)
  • 4-no-3.doc - 4-letter words that do not contain a 3
  • new4-5.doc - all new 4-letter words with all their front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 4s
  • new5-6.doc - all new 5-letter words with all their front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 5s
  • new6-7.doc - all new 6-letter words with all their front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 6s
  • new7-8.doc - all new 7-letter words with all their front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 7s
  • new8-9.doc - all new 8-letter words with all their front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 8s
  • typei7.doc - all Type I 7-letter words [Adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook Mike Baron, Sterling, 2007]
  • typeii7.doc - all Type II 7-letter words [Adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook Mike Baron, Sterling, 2007]
  • typeiii7.doc - all Type III 7-letter words [Adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook Mike Baron, Sterling, 2007]
  • typei8.doc - all Type I 8-letter words [Adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook Mike Baron, Sterling, 2007]
  • typeii8.doc - all Type II 8-letter words [Adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook Mike Baron, Sterling, 2007]
  • typeiii8.doc - all Type III 8-letter words [Adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook Mike Baron, Sterling, 2007]
  • -INGS.doc - all words ending in -ING to which -S can be added
  • -INGS9.doc - same but includes only words of nine or fewer letters
  • -LIKE.doc - all words ending in -LIKE
  • -LIKE9.doc - same but only words of nine or fewer letters
  • -ABLE.doc - all words ending in -ABLE
  • -ABLE9.doc - same but only words of nine or fewer letters
  • YHOOKS.doc - all words with Y- front hook
  • HOOKSA.doc - all words with -A end hook
  • -BIRD.doc - just a fun list, words ending in -BIRD, -BUG, -FISH, -FLY & -WORM
  • new-like.doc - New words ending in -LIKE, -ABLE, -IBLE
  • new-ings.doc - Words ending in -ING to which -S can be added resulting in a word new to OWL2
  • newHOOKS.doc - Front hooks involving new words for all letters except A and S
  • newflips.doc - Words of 6, 7, & 8 letters that can be split in two parts of at least 3 letters each & transposed to form another word (involving new words)
  • -ise-ize.doc - Separate lists of words that have endings in either -ISE or -IZE but not both
  • -ize-ise.doc - List of words that have endings in both -ISE and -IZE
  • -ed.doc - Words formed from a root plus -ED that are not formed from verbs (e.g. PAJAMAED, KIMONOED)
  • comeback.doc - 3-letter front extensions for 5-, 6-, & 7-letter words starting with J, K, Q, and Z
  • i-to-y.doc - Words that form another word when an I is changed to Y
  • juxta.doc - 7- and 8-letter juxtagrams (pairs of words identical except for the transposition of two adjacent letters)
  • -izer.doc - Words ending in -ISER or -IZER

Rebecca Slivka's Theme Word Lists:

Have a comment or correction to one of these theme word lists?   email Rebecca
While all of these lists might be updated occasionally, those marked with a * are definitely works in progress.

Other Theme Word Lists:

  • Table of the Elements - Neil DeWitte created this Periodic Table showing acceptable Element words
  • Yiddish - words with Yiddish/Hebrew origin - Andrea Carla Michaels
  • Polyorths - words with three or more different spellings - Amit Chakrabarti
  • Acronyms & Portmanteaux - words formed from longer phrases by combining and/or shortening - Amit Chakrabarti
  • moneybag.txt - Currencies - courtesy of Austin Nichols
  • OWL2-alphawords.txt - All the words whose letters are in alphabetical order - from Zyzzyva
  • like.pdf - 7/8-letter -LIKE words grouped by category...courtesy of Paul Phillips
  • NON78.pdf - 7/8-letter NON- words grouped by category...courtesy of Paul Phillips

Other Word Lists:

  • Phonies with Anagrams - courtesy of John Chew
  • openers5plus.txt - 5 letter words containing high-scoring tiles but not ESJQXZ...courtesy of Adam Michelson
  • Expurgated words - Complete list of expurgated words (valid in OWL2, but omitted from OSPD4 because deemed "offensive")
  • OSPD3 expurg.html - Expurgated words from OSPD3/OWL - courtesy of Steven Alexander

Collins/CSW Word Lists:

For those interested in learning the words used in most international English Scrabble, here are some lists to get you started:

CSW12 lists

CSW07 lists

More info about playing Collins/CSW tournaments in North America can be found on the NASPA website.

*NOTE: Lots more people have created lists--these are just a sampling of what is available. You can make your own with some of the software listed above (LeXpert, Zyzzyva, etc.).

Printed/Published Study Guides

101 Two-Letter Words 101 Two-Letter Words - Stephin Merritt, Roz Chast

This lovely book has a poem and illustration for each of the 101 acceptable two-letter words (sample below).
De means "of," or "from," in names
like Cruella de Vil.
It's fun to use in drag-name games;
to wit: Ova de Hill.
Everything Scrabble Everything Scrabble - Joe Edley's definitive work on Scrabble Strategy

The ultimate book on the SCRABBLE game written by the National SCRABBLE Association Executive Director, John D. Williams Jr. and the only three-time National SCRABBLE Champion and World Team member, Joe Edley. Contains rare interview with Alfred Mosher Butts, the game's inventor, as well as tips to make you a better player at EVERY skill level.
The SCRABBLE® Player's Handbook The SCRABBLE® Player's Handbook - The Latest in Scrabble Strategy

A definitive and free ebook on how to play Scrabble, written by a dozen of the best tournament players in the world. All twelve authors have competed in past World Scrabble Championships and have spent over a year combining their knowledge into this one free Scrabble resource. Sample topic: John Van Pelt's VerbaMap diagram that pictorializes factors that go into deciding on a move.

Warning: this book uses the CSW (international) word list throughout!
Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive ScrabblePlayers Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive ScrabblePlayers - Stefan Fatsis

Mingles strategy, game history, and encounters with real scrabble players in a fascinating story of a writer getting sucked into the competitive world of SCRABBLE®.
Bob's Bible Bob's Bible and more - Robert Gillis sells a variety of very useful printed & bound word books
Mike Baron's SCRABBLE Wordbook Mike Baron's SCRABBLE Wordbook - [you can also get the OWL2 Addendum for Mike's earlier work: The Complete Wordbook for Game Players: Winning Words for Word Freaks]

Complete with winning word lists, such as those that combine high-scoring letters, those that have a preponderance of vowels, and those that allow multiple I and U dumps, it also offers tips on hitting triple-triples and achieving those elusive 7-letter bingos. These specially selected words and expert hints are guaranteed to boost scores. Based on the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition and with foreword by World SCRABBLE Champion Brian Cappelletto.
DEFALTS: The vocabulary builder for people who could use a good laugh DEFALTS - Diane Firstman has created humorous alternate definitions to common (and not-so-common) words.

"Weird (or new) words stick in my head better when I make up a silly definition for them. I call them "DEFALTS" (ALTernate DEFinitions)." Diane was posting "DEFALTS" definitions to CGP for over a year before compiling them into a book. She continues to create new volumes... so check back for more!
Word Nerd Word Nerd - Peter Schwartzman has published several quiz study books.

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