Note added January 18, 2023: for a newer version of these word lists, please see the updated blog HERE.
This post on Scrabble 2018 presents 10 word lists based on the newly published 6th Edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (I’ve corrected this version of List 8 per a 2019 blog post.)
Scrabble 2018 – Background
My earlier article Scrabble 1 described the benefits of Friendly Scrabble rather than Tournament Scrabble. In brief, Friendly Scrabble de-emphasizes rote memorization, reduces frustration and permits learning what all those crazy words mean. (Tournament Scrabble is a different sport and emphasizes different skills.)
My post Scrabble 2 presented helpful lists of words to be used in Friendly Scrabble. This post updates the Word Lists and adds one new list.
I published two later articles in 2015, updating the word lists. I have now deleted those posts and pointed their addresses to this article instead.
Scrabble 2018 – The Lists
The following lists are based on the Scrabble 2018 6th Edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
My research may not be perfect! If you see errors, please send me a note at Art@ArtChester.net or through the Contact page of this website. Also, contact me if you prefer to format any list differently. I can send you a Microsoft Office version.
Scrabble 2018 List 1: Useful Words
List 1: Useful Words appears in the Scrabble 2018 dictionary. Nevertheless, I include it here so you’ll have a complete set of lists in similar formats. List 1 contains:
- Letter values.
- Words with a Q not followed by a U.
- And two- to seven- letter words with no AEIOU vowels.
Scrabble 2018 Lists 2 Through 5
The Scrabble 2018 dictionary presents a single list of two- to six-letter words containing the high-scoring letters J, Q, X and Z. However, I consider the dictionary’s format to be inconvenient. After all, if you have a “Z” in your tile rack, you don’t want to waste your time looking at a lot of J-Q-X words!
Therefore, I have subdivided their single list into the four following lists:
- J Words (List 2), two to six letters.
- Q Words (List 3), two to six letters.
- X Words (List 4), two to six letters.
- Z Words (List 5), two to six letters.
Scrabble 2018 List 6: Three Letter Words
List 6: 3 Letter Words lists the 1,067 three-letter words in the Scrabble 2018 dictionary.
Scrabble 2018 List 7: Two To Make Three
List 7: 2 To Make 3 gives all the two-letter “hangs.” That is, this list shows all the single letters that can be added before or after a two-letter word to create a valid three-letter word. This list is intended to be 100% consistent with List 6.
To understand this list, consider an example. The entry “b AA hls” means that you can add a “b” to the front of AA to create BAA. Also, that you can add an “h,” “l,” or “s” to the end of AA to create AAH, AAL or AAS.
Scrabble 2018 List 8: Three To Make Four
Corrected 7/31/19 per 2019 blog post: List 8: 3 To Make 4 is a new update of a very old list of three-letter “hangs.” It tells all the single letters that can be added before or after a three-letter word to make a valid four-letter word.
Each entry follows the same format as List 7. That is, the entry “fpt ACT as” means that you can add to the word ACT to make the words FACT, PACT, TACT, ACTA and ACTS.
Scrabble 2018 List 9: Double Difficult Letters
List 9: Words with CC,HH,II,KK,UU,VV,WW,YY helps you unload multiples of difficult letters, such as two “C”s. It lists all the 3- to 6-letter words with doubles of each indicated letter.
In addition, this list contains all the 7- and 8-letter words containing UOUS. These 14 words are the same in the 6th Edition dictionary as they were in the 5th Edition.
Scrabble 2018 List 10: Many Vowels
List 10: Words with Many Vowels is the Scrabble 2018 update of a list once offered by Hasbro. It lists all the words with four or more letters of which more than 66% are AEIOU. Also, it includes the two and three letter words that consist only of AEIOU vowels.
The vowel words up through 8 letters are taken from the Scrabble 2018 6th Edition dictionary. However, that dictionary does not include longer words unless they are directly derived from the shorter words. Therefore, the 9- through 12-letter words in this list are taken instead from the Scrabble U.S. Tournament word list known as TWL06.
Changes in the Scrabble 2018 Dictionary
News media reported that the 6th Edition dictionary added 300 new words compared with the 2015 5th Edition. By surveying news articles, I found a total of 30 new words revealed, including such goodies as BESTIE, BITCOIN, BIZJET, EMOJI, FROWNY and TWERK.
Apparently, Merriam-Webster did not allow news media to list all of the new words, for fear that people would not buy the new dictionary. Consequently, I have not found a complete list online. However, I can share with you a few nuggets:
- There are two new two-letter words: EW and OK.
- There are four new three-letter words: LOR, MES, SHO and ZEN.
- And the list of JQXZ words in the dictionary includes 16 additions, including JUDGY and YOWZA.
For more discoveries, I encourage you to buy and browse the full dictionary!
A Personal Note
Nola and I continue to enjoy Friendly Scrabble as a game. As mentioned in the Scrabble 2 blog, we favor the double-sized game Super Scrabble for home and travel.
If we have dead time in a doctor’s waiting room or at an airport, our iPhones offer many diversions. However, they also offer Pass-and-Play (standard-sized) Scrabble and the similar game Words With Friends. We can put these games aside in mid-play and resume them during our next dead time.
Does your home have a Scrabble game set? Is it ever used? Don’t miss out on the fun!
Image Credit: Photo of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 6th Edition by Art Chester