The Tel Aviv Scrabble® Club

Club Director: Evan Cohen

Words, Words, Words

Scrabble is all about words. "What does that mean?" or "Use it in a sentence!" are commonly heard over the Scrabble board. But the real question is only whether a word is acceptable in Scrabble play or not.

In order to solve this problem, an official Scrabble dictionary was created. This official Scrabble reference is the Collins Scrabble Dictionary (CSW2012). You can purchase this book at most online bookstores or at some of the commercial links on this website.

The following are some useful lists for Scrabble play.

1. CSW2012 updates - various lists with the updates in the latest version of the CSW.
2. Two Letter Words - a comprehensive list of all the acceptable 2-letter words
3. Mastering the 3s - a quick method for learning those weird 3s
4. David Sutton's Categories - some list of words organised into categories according to their meanings
5. Words - link to ABSP words lists, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s with definitions, and various other word categories
6. Liliane's Poem of the Week - a weekly poem including many weird words
7. Liliane's French Words - a list (not exhaustive) of French words acceptable in Collins
8. New CSW Words - effective in Tel Aviv Scrabble Club as of 1.11.2011, effective internationally as of 1.1.2012

Two Letter Words

Download printable Word version

AA

AB

AD

AE*

AG

AH

AI

AL

AM*

AN*

AR

AS

AT*

AW*

AX*

AY

BA

BE

BI

BO

BY

CH*

DA

DE*

DI

DO

EA

ED

EE*

EF

EH

EL

EM

EN

ER

ES

ET*

EX*

FA

FE

FY*

GI

GO

GU

HA

HE

HI

HM*

HO

ID

IF

IN

IO

IS*

IT

JA*

JO*

KA

KI

KO

KY*

LA

LI

LO

MA

ME

MI

MM*

MO

MU

MY*

NA

NE*

NO

NU

NY

OB

OD

OE

OF*

OH

OI*

OM

ON

OO

OP

OR

OS*

OU*

OW*

OX*

OY

PA

PE

PI

PO

QI

RE

SH*

SI

SO

ST*

TA

TE

TI

TO*

UG

UH*

UM*

UN

UP

UR*

US*

UT

WE*

WO

XI

XU*

YA*

YE

YO

YU

ZA

ZO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


*=NO "S" HOOK

Mastering the 3s

Mastering the 2s and 3s is critical in order to play an effective game of Scrabble. Knowing these tiny words is probably more important than any other word knowledge. They allow one to hook off existing words, make parallel plays and score well on blocked boards. Almost 1300 (!) three letter words are acceptable words in the Collins official dictionary. How can one possibly master so many? Well, hundreds of them are everyday words. But this still leaves hundreds more to learn.

A useful method for studying threes:
1. Take a complete list of 3s and highlight every word which you don't know (e.g. CLY, FUB).
2. Write down those highlighted words on a separate sheet of paper (call this LIST 2, LIST 1 being the original complete list). You will now probably have a list of 150-200 words. Not bad, huh?
3. Take LIST 2 and separate out from the list those words which have elective affinities(e.g. GED, KED, SED - as unusual hooks to ED, or BAM, KAM. PAM -as unusual hooks to AM). This is LIST 3.
4. Write them out separately on another sheet of paper. You will now have approx. 50 words left (not bad after having started out with almost 1300…).
5. Take the remaining 50 or so words and write them out on a separate sheet of paper, with brief definitions (this will help to consolidate them in your memory). This is LIST 4.
6. Look at LISTS 3 & 4 for 5 minutes every day for a week.

Happy studying!