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Pete
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If you're a 'normal person,' and not a scrabble geek, I highly recommend taking a trip to the local bookstore and buying yourself a children's dictionary. Using a book full of "normal words" makes for a much more enjoyable game for ordinary people. You may be really fond of the word "QUA" but it won't show up in a children's dictionary, and neither will EN, SI, DE, or LO listed in the review section.

There is an added element of trying to figure out which of the more obscure words are in the children's dictionary. My friend once played TUATARA, and I knew of that particular reptile, but I challenged anyway thinking it wouldn't be in the Children's dictionary. I lost the challenge, but it was worth a shot...
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Hmm. Half the fun is expanding your vocabulary- and that of those around you!
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Using a book full of "normal words" makes for a much more enjoyable game for ordinary people.

Doesn't it then become a game of "what's inside the book?"
 
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It's a matter of "what's in the book" anyway. But check out the official scrabble 2 and 3 letter word list below. I'm sorry but 3/4 of these words aren't words in any context BUT scrabble. What scrabble really comes down to if you play with this list is who has memorized the list the best. If some jerk tries to play AA, CWM, XIS, or NIX, I want to be able to tell him that's not a word. Taking advantage of memorization of the official scrabble dictionary = no fun in my book.

The official list of acceptable words for American tournament play approved by the National Scrabble Association. It is based on the Official Scrabble Players' Dictionary (OSPD), with a few modifications to better reflect the rules of the game.

AA AB AD AE AG AH AI AL AM AN AR AS AT AW AX AY BA BE BI BO BY DE DO ED EF EH EL EM EN ER ES ET EX FA GO HA HE HI HM HO ID IF IN IS IT JO KA LA LI LO MA ME MI MM MO MU MY NA NE NO NU OD OE OF OH OM ON OP OR OS OW OX OY PA PE PI RE SH SI SO TA TI TO UH UM UN UP US UT WE WO XI XU YA YE YO

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plezercruz wrote:
It's a matter of "what's in the book" anyway. But check out the official scrabble 2 and 3 letter word list below. I'm sorry but 3/4 of these words aren't words in any context BUT scrabble. What scrabble really comes down to if you play with this list is who has memorized the list the best. If some jerk tries to play AA, CWM, XIS, or NIX, I want to be able to tell him that's not a word. Taking advantage of memorization of the official scrabble dictionary = no fun in my book.


That list isn't even the current one - QI and ZO are two notable recent additions to the legal 2-letter word list.


However, I think there's a happy medium to be struck between "using/abusing the obscure 2- and 3-letter words" and "using a children's dictionary". I tried playing with an Elementary-school dictionary once, and it drove me nuts how frequently words I use in my own vocabulary were absent from the book. When the dictionary is impeding me from using words that I know for reasons completely non-Scrabble-related, it's completely frustrating.

When playing against people who don't 'know the list', I play as though I don't, either. I don't use AA or XU or OE.
 
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Well the children's dictionary I'm talking about is actually fairly robust in its vocabulary, probably about 8th grade level. I can see how using an elementary school dictionary could be very limiting.
 
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plezercruz wrote:
It's a matter of "what's in the book" anyway. But check out the official scrabble 2 and 3 letter word list below. I'm sorry but 3/4 of these words aren't words in any context BUT scrabble. What scrabble really comes down to if you play with this list is who has memorized the list the best. If some jerk tries to play AA, CWM, XIS, or NIX, I want to be able to tell him that's not a word.


But I use cwm and nix normally. OK not everyday but they are real words that are in use. If I was from the south of Wales I guess even the four year olds would be able to tell you what a cwm is (as it is one of the few loan words we have from Welsh). I guess someone from Hawaii might use aa (a type of lava), but I don't. As for Xis surely it is just the plural of Xi.

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We play that you have to give a definition for the word you are using. This can be challenged by looking it up in OSW.

The dictionary OSW refers to is Chambers, I think.
 
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plezercruz wrote:
If some jerk tries to play AA, CWM, XIS, or NIX, I want to be able to tell him that's not a word. Taking advantage of memorization of the official scrabble dictionary = no fun in my book.


If that's a problem for you, then why not just play with a house rule that you have to provide the DEFINITION of any obscure words you use? That should work wonders towards discouraging rote memorization without artificially constraining one's vocabulary, which I find antithetical to the spirit of the game. If you actually happen to know the word for "a type of chunky, sharp lava flow (AA), you should be able to use it.

...I will admit that I memorized all the 2-letter words awhile back, though I don't remeber them all anymore. It's really not hard (you know the vast majority of them already), and makes for a much more enjoyable game, with more options for each player. One thing I did do, to keep things at a "level playing field" when playing with my family, was to a) make sure I actually knew the defintions, as mentioned above, and b) allowed my family to ask me whether certain 2-letter words were acceptable, so they had access to the same kind of vocabulary advantage that I did.
 
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Philip Thomas wrote:
Hmm. Half the fun is expanding your vocabulary- and that of those around you!


since scrabble is zero fun to begin with you're not losing anything
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One can be "normal person" (As if such a things is actually definable.) and not be a "scrabble geek", while still possessing a healthy lexicon to draw upon.


Yes, I used "lexicon" on purpose. yuk
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good idea - I like it
 
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Wouldn't a better valent be that if your word is challenged, you must be able to give a definition and use it in a sentence before you can check to see if it's in the allowed or not. That'll eliminate the "Scrabble words" that seasoned played may know are permissible but might not actually know.
 
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