The Ultimate SCRABBLE Word List Resource
To some, SCRABBLE is just a board game to play during family game night or during a casual get-together. Others think of SCRABBLE as a mere hobby. But with any activity, there will always be fanatics— the ones who would rather sell their soul than stop— the ones with a constant yearning for self-improvement— the merciless.
Now, fanaticism isn't a bad thing. Being obsessed with the betterment of one's knowledge is actually a great characteristic to have, despite the bad rap "obsession" gets. I'm definitely an "obsessed" individual (although my obsession doesn't just stop at SCRABBLE— I can be pretty OCD when it comes to things like organization and cleanliness).
So how does a lexical enthusiast improve? How does a word freak expand his/her vocabulary? How do you become the best dang SCRABBLE player in the world?
The answer is: WORD LISTS.
The regular household SCRABBLE fanatic might not ever look at a word list. They'd rather improve their game with simple frequent play. Perhaps they'll play SCRABBLE on the computer or online, learning new words through artificial intelligence or Facebook friends. But if you ever want to play in a SCRABBLE club or SCRABBLE tournament, you're going to have to expand your vocabulary beyond that.
There are usually two-types of SCRABBLE diehards, the ones who want to "memorize" the words and those who want to "learn" the words. To be the best SCRABBLE player in the world, memorization is probably the key to success because there is a plethora of acceptable words out there, and learning the meanings, too, could take a lifetime. But then, what's the point of learning a new word without discovering its definition?
Well, whichever type of SCRABBLE player you are, this webpage is meant to be the ultimate resource of word lists for all you logophiles, philologists, lexicographers, and cruciverbalists. This page will provide links where you can find SCRABBLE word list documents, word books, and improvement strategies.
If there is anything you think I should add to this list, please notify me of it in the comments below.
- Cool Words to Know from the National SCRABBLE Association (NSA) [.pdf]
"Learn the words on this page & watch your score skyrocket!" This download is from the School SCRABBLE Program and gives tips on landing Bingos (7-Letter Words) and lists all of the playable:
* 2- and 3-Letter Words,* Q without U Words,
* I Dumps (4-Letter Words with 2 I's),
* U Dumps (3- and 4-Letter Words with 2 U's),
* Vowel Dumps (for when you have too many vowels),
* Short J Words,
* Short Q Words,
* Short X Words, and
* Short Z Words.
- Important Words to Raise Your Score from the NSA [.pdf]
This 2-page download is a great resource to carry with you everywhere. It includes:
* 2-Letter Words,
* 3-Letter Words,
* Short J Words,
* Short Q Words,
* Short X Words,
* Short Z Words,
* 2-Letter Words and Their Hooks,
* Tips on Bingos,
* U-Less Q Words,
* I Dumps,
* U Dumps, and
* Vowel Dumps.
- Official Long Words List from the NASPA [.txt]
This file includes all of the acceptable 10-15 letter words NOT already in the Official Tournament and Club Word List (OWL or TWL). "The Official Long Words List has been compiled and created by the Dictionary Committee of the National Association. As of June 16, 2003, this list became the ONLY acceptable official long word list for use at sanctioned National Association Clubs and Tournaments."
- OWL2 Word Lists for Playing Competitive Scrabble from Mike Wolfberg
*All OWL2 Three-Letter Words [.doc] All of the 1,015 3-letter words listed in the OWL2.
* Definitions of New OWL2 Words of Length 2-4 [.doc] All of the new 2-, 3-, and 4-letter words listed in the OWL2, along with their definitions.
* Definitions of New OWL2 Fives [.doc] All of the new 5-letter words listed in the OWL2, along with their definitions.
* Most Likely New OWL2 Sevens, with Anagrams [.doc] Wolfberg lists 553 out of the 920 new 7-letter words listed in the OWL2, along with their appropriate anagrams.
* Definitions of the Most Likely New OWL2 Sevens [.doc] This list goes with the one directly above, but lists the definitions for the 553 more common 7-letter words new to the OWL2, instead of the anagrams.
* Most Likely New OWL2 Eights, with Anagrams [.doc] Wolfberg lists the more common of the new 1,349 8-letter words listed in the OWL2, along with their appropriate anagrams.
* Definitions of the Most Likely New OWL2 Eights [.doc] This list goes with the one directly above, but lists the definitions for the more common 8-letter words new to the OWL2, instead of the anagrams.
* New 2—8 Letter Words in OWL2 with OWL1 Anagrams [.doc] All of the new words listed in the OWL2, along with their OWL1 anagrams.
* All New OWL2 Hooks on OWL1 Words of Length 2 - 8 [.doc] All of the words listed in the OWL1 which you can add one letter to (a hook) to make a newly accepted word in the OWL2.
* All Twos and Their One-Letter Extensions (Large Print) [.doc] This is a nicely made 5-page document that lists all of the 2-letter words and their acceptable hooks, either in front of the word or in back.
- Basic Word Lists from the Seattle SCRABBLE Club #253
* 2-Letter Words, Grouped by Consonant [.pdf]
* 2-Letter Words [.pdf] This document is formatted with 4 study cards, which you can print, cut out, and take along with you anywhere.
* JQXZ Words [.pdf] Words with J, Q, X, Z in them.
* Vowel Dumps [.pdf] Words with lots of vowels.
* Vowel dumps, Grouped by Consonant [.pdf]
* Two-to-Make-Threes [.pdf] All of the 2-letter words and their possible 1-letter hooks that make up 3-letter words.
* Threes [.pdf] All of the possible 3-letter words.
* 6-To-Make-7 [.txt] Complete list of all of the 6-letter words (with anagrams), in which you could add one letter to, for spelling out 7-letter words. The list is also made in Alpha Order.
* 7-To-Make-8 [.txt] Complete list of all of the 7-letter words (with anagrams), in which you could add one letter to, for spelling out 8-letter words. The list is also made in Alpha Order.
* 8-To-Make-9 [.txt] Complete list of all of the 8-letter words (with anagrams), in which you could add one letter to, for spelling out 9-letter words.
- Transition to OWL2 Word Lists from the Seattle SCRABBLE Club #253
* Cheat Sheet [.pdf] Includes all the new two-letter words and their inflections (and definitions), other entries containing new three-letter words (and definitions), deleted words, words that should not have been added (to OSPD4), words missing from early printings (of OSPD4), new 2-letters words (5), new 3-letter words (44), new 4-letter words (128), new expurgated words, new Type-II 7's in OWL2, new Type-I 7's in OWL2, new Type-I 8's in OWL2, new Type-II 8's in OWL2, new Q words, new X words, new J words, and all of the new Z words.
* Fives to Tens [.doc] Lists all of the new 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9- and 10-letter words, along with all of the new words containing the letter K.
* Combined New Words [.pdf] This list is a combination of the above two, Cheat Sheet and Five to Tens.
* OWL2, 2- to 9-Letter Words That Have an OWL Anagram [.txt]
* OWL2, 2- to 9-Letter Words with Their Respective OWL Anagrams [.txt]
* OWL2 Errata [.pdf] This list was last updated on 24 Feb 2006.
* OSPD4 Errata [.pdf] Also includes all of the new "expurgated" words (shorter than 10 letters).
- Ken Clark's Word Lists for OWL2 & Long Words from Seattle SCRABBLE Club #253
* -EDS [.doc] Words ending in -ED to which an -S can be added.
* MAN—MEN [.doc] Words ending in -MAN which can also end in -MEN; separate list of words ending in -MAN and -MEN only.
* -IE & -Y [.doc] Separate list of words ending in -IE which can or cannot be changed to -Y.
* High 5 [.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's with No 2's [.doc] 3-letter words that cannot formed by adding a letter to a 2-letter word.
* 4's with No 3's [.doc] 4-letter words that cannot formed by adding a letter to a 3-letter word.
* 7's by Stem [.doc] All the new 7-letter words indexed by stem.
* 8's by Stem [.doc] All the new 8-letter words indexed by stem.
* 7's by Probability [.doc] All the new 7-letter words indexed by probability.
* 8's by Probability [.doc] All the new 8-letter words indexed by probability.
* A- Hooks [.doc] All words with an A- front hook.
* -A Hooks [.doc] All words with an -A end hook.
* S- Hooks [.doc] All words with an S- front hook.
* Y- Hooks [.doc] All words with a Y- front hook.
* -Y Hooks [.doc] all words with a -Y end hook.
* 4-To-Make-5 [.doc] All 4-letter words, with 5-letter words formed by adding one letter.
* 3-To-Make-4 [.doc] All 3-letter words, with front & end hooks.
* 2-To-Make-3 [.doc] All 2-letter words, with front & end hooks.
* New 4's + Hooks [.doc] All new 4's, with front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 4's.
* New 5's + Hooks [.doc] All new 5's, with front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 5's.
* New 6's + Hooks [.doc] All new 6's, with front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 6's.
* New 7's + Hooks [.doc] All new 7's, with front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 7's.
* New 8's + Hooks [.doc] All new 8's, with front & end hooks, plus new hooks for existing 8's.
* New Hooks [.doc] Front hooks involving new words for all letters except A and S.
* Type-I 7's [.doc] All Type I 7-letter words (adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook).
* Type-II 7's [.doc] All Type II 7-letter words (adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook).
* Type-III 7's [.doc] All Type III 7-letter words (adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook).
* Type-I 8's [.doc] All Type I 8-letter words (adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook).
* Type-II 8's [.doc] All Type II 8-letter words (adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook).
* Type-III 8's [.doc] All Type III 8-letter words (adapted from the Scrabble Wordbook).
* -INGS [.doc] All words ending in -ING to which an -S can be added.
* -INGS (9 Letters or Less) [.doc] Same as above list, but only words of 9 or fewer letters.
* New -INGS [.doc] Words ending in -ING to which an -S can be added, resulting in a word new to OWL2.
* -LIKE [.doc] All words ending in -LIKE.
* -LIKE (9 Letters or Less) [.doc] Same as above list, but only words of 9 or fewer letters.
* -ABLE [.doc] All words ending in -ABLE.
* -ABLE (9 Letters or Less) [.doc] Same as above list, but only words of 9 or fewer letters.
* New -LIKE, -ABLE & -IBLE Words [.doc] New words ending in -LIKE, -ABLE & -IBLE.
* Aves, Insects & Fishy Words [.doc] A fun list with words ending in -BIRD, -BUG, -FISH & -FLY.
* New Flips [.doc] 6-, 7- & 8-letter words that can be split in two parts of at least 3 letters each & transposed to form another word (involving new words).
* -ISE or -IZE [.doc] Words that have endings in either -ISE or -IZE, but not both.
* -ISE & -IZE [.doc] Words that have endings in both -ISE and -IZE.
* -ISER or -IZER [.doc] Words ending in -ISER or -IZER.
* Verbless -ED [.doc] Words formed from a root, plus -ED, that are not formed from verbs (e.g. PAJAMAED, KIMONOED).
* Comebacks [.doc] 3-letter front extensions for 5's, 6's & 7's starting with J, K, Q, and Z.
* From I to Y [.doc] Words that form another word when an "I" is changed to "Y".
* Juxtagrams [.doc] 7- and 8-letter juxtagrams (pairs of words identical except for the transposition of two adjacent letters).
- Rebecca Slivka's Theme Word Lists from Seattle SCRABBLE Club #253
These lists are all relevant to the OWL2, and contains words nonexistent in the OSPD4.
* Alcohol [.txt] Words related to alcohol and drinking. Ex. ALE, SAKI, GINNY, TEQUILA
* Armor [.txt] Knights, armor, and related weapons. Ex. BARD, EPEE, BEVOR, CLAYMORE
* Aviation [.txt] Aeronautics, aviation and flying. Ex. AERO, JATO, ELEVON, YAWMETER
* Birds [.txt] Avian related words. Ex. EMU, TUI, WEKA, SWANNERY
* Bones [.txt] Human and animal related. Ex. AI, GENU, FEMUR, ZYGOMA
* Bottles [.txt] Bottles, jars, and glasses. Ex. BOTA, KYLIX, QUAICH, TANKARD
* Candy [.txt] Candies, sugars, and sweets. Ex. SYRUP, KETOSE, XYLOSE, CATECHU
* Cards [.txt] Cards and card games. Ex. PAM, TAROK, CASSINO, PINOCLE
* Cheeses [.txt] Cheeses and cheese-making. Ex. BRIE, FONDU, BOURSIN, CASEINATE
* Colors [.txt] Colors and colours. Ex. DUN, AZURE, ROUGE, CUDBEAR
* Computers [.txt] Computer terms and programming. Ex. APP, BAUD, QUBIT, EXABYTE
* Cows [.txt] Bovines and their milk. Ex. MOO, WHEY, DOGIE, HARIANA
* Crabs [.txt] Crabs, crabs, crabs. Ex. CRABBY, LIMULUS, CRABWISE, CRABGRASS
* Currency [.txt] Money, coins, and monetary units. Ex. XU, LEV, HWAN, CHETRUM
* Dogs [.txt] Canine related words. Ex. WOOF, PARVO, COYDOG, KOMONDOR
* Directions [.txt] Directional related words. Ex. EAST, LEFT, BINNACLE, SOUTHPAW
* Drugs [.txt] Recreational, medicinal, and herbal substances. Ex. DEX, METH, CHEMO, MYRICA
* Ends in -YS [.txt] Ends in -YS with a consonant before the "Y". Ex. BYS, ABYS, POLYS, ZLOTYS
* Family [.txt] Families, family members, and comrades. Ex. PA, KIN, BANNS, CELLMATE
* Fat [.txt] Animal lard, cooking fat, and portly insults. Ex. OIL, FUBSY, CANOLA, ADIPOSE
* Feudalism [.txt] Feudal words. Ex. FEU, HERIOT, SERFDOM, THIRLAGE
* Fish [.txt] Aquatic vertebrates. Ex. GOBY, CNIDA, ALEWIFE, CREVALLE
* LGBTQI [.txt] Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex. Ex. FEME, DRAGGY, ABOIDEAU, GYNANDRY
* Guns [.txt] Firearms and weaponry. Ex. BINER, JINGAL, STRAFE, ARQUEBUS
* Hats [.txt] Head coverings. Ex. TAJ, SHAKO, BEANIE, TITFER
* Hello & Goodbye [.txt] Arrivals, departures, and immigrants. Ex. CIAO, SCAT, POMMY, EMIGRE
* Hindu [.txt] Hindu and Indian words. Ex. NAN, GURU, SYCE, DURBAR
* Idleness [.txt] Indolences. Ex. LOAF, PASEO, LOLLER, DAWDLER
* Interjections [.txt] Exclamations and expressions. Ex. MM, OHO, AHOY, ACHOO
* Japan [.txt] Japanese words and derivations. Ex. SEN, SOJA, MIRIN, KATAKANA
* Letters [.txt] Alphabets (English, Hebrew, Greek, Phonetic, etc.). Ex. EF, ALEF, RHO, OGHAM
* Math [.txt] Mathematical functions. Ex. SINE, COLOG, SUBJOIN, EXTREMUM
* Mollusks [.txt] Molluskan terms. Ex. CAPIZ, CONCHY, ABALONE, PTEROPOD
* Monkeys & Apes [.txt] Small and large primates. Ex. LORIS, BONOBO, LANGUR, GORILLA
* Muscles [.txt] Muscular terms. Ex. ROLF, SPASM, RECTUS, MYALGIA
* Mushrooms & Fungi [.txt] Fungal growths. Ex. KOJI, AGARIC, TELIUM, FOXFIRE
* Numbers [.txt] Arithmetical values. Ex. NONE, TRIAD, PRIMARY, QUADRILLION
* Pasta [.txt] Pastas and noodles. Ex. SOBA, FARFAL, SPATZLE, FETTUCINE
* Pigs [.txt] The Suidae family. Ex. PIG, SWINE, GRISKIN, WARTHOG
* Prostitutes [.txt] Prostitution and loose men/women. Ex. LEWD, PORN, GRODY, WENCH
* Religion [.txt] Faiths of all kinds. Ex. OBI, DEVA, HAJJI, CHRISOM
* Royalty [.txt] Royalty, nobility, and rulers. Ex. CZAR, QUEEN, VIZIR, IGNOBLE
* Ships [.txt] Vessels, boats, and navigation. Ex. CONN, HELM, XEBEC, HALYARD
* Soldiers [.txt] Military soldiers and war. Ex. REB, BILLET, HOPLITE, WARPLANE
* Stupid [.txt] Foolish remarks and insults. Ex. COD, GUFF, GOMER, SCHMUCK
* Toilet [.txt] Toilet talk. Ex. LAVE, FECES, CLOACA, POLYURIA
* Trickery [.txt] Deception, lies, and fraud. Ex. DEKE, CULLY, FINAGLE, GAZUMPER
* Weather [.txt] Meteorological conditions. Ex. BHUT, BEFOG, ARCTIC, FAVONIAN
- Scrabble Word Lists from Adam Bozon
This houses "lots of useful word lists for use in Scrabble, Literati, Upwords, Boggle or any other word game." Lists include:
* Highest Scoring Words,
* 2 Letter Words,
* 3 Letter Words,
* 4 Letter Words,
* 5 Letter Words,
* 6 Letter Words,
* 7 Letter Words,
* 8 Letter Words,
* 9 Letter Words,
* 10 Letter Words,
* 11 Letter Words,
* 12 Letter Words,
* 13 Letter Words,
* 14 Letter Words,
* 15 or More Letter Words,
* Words with All Vowels,
* Words with All Consonants,
* 4 Letter Words with 3 Vowels,
* 5 Letters Words with 4 Vowels,
* Q Words without QU-,
* RETAIN + Blank Bingos,
* Words with AA,
* Words with II,
* Words Starting with DH-,
* Words Starting with IN-,
* Words Starting with OO-,
* Words Starting with OUT-,
* Words Starting with OVER-,
* Words Starting with RE-,
* Words Starting with UN-,
* Words Ending in -IER,
* Words Ending in -IEST,
* Words Ending in -ING, and
* Letters A—Z (Words with 2 or More of Each Letter).
- Word of the Day from the National SCRABBLE Association (NSA)
Learn a new word every day! The NSA Word of the Day includes its definition and possible anagrams, hooks, ana-hooks, "typos", blana-grams, extensions, and sub-anagrams. To understand exactly what these terms mean, visit the WOTD Glossary.
- SCRABBLE Word Lists from Hasbro
These lists come straight from the maker of the board game. "Are you at a loss for words? Turn your brain into a SCRABBLE database! The word lists below represent the most useful game words in SCRABBLE. Memorize the lists, and you'll soon find usable combinations appearing on your rack again and again."
* Q without U (It's a high priority to learn these 33 Q-words that don't use a U)
* Playing the Q (3-, 4-, and 5-letter Q words)
* 3-4 Letter J, X and Z Words (All the 3- and 4-letter words that include a J, X, or Z)
* 2-to-make-3 Word List (Adding one letter before or after a 2-letter word)
* 2-Letter Words (All the playable 2-letter words plus their definitions)
* 3-Letter Words (All the playable 3-letter words)
* Words That Include At Least 66 Percent Vowels (Ranging from 2- to 8-letter words)
- Scrabble's 2-Letter Words - Defined from Bryan Crow on WonderHowTo
Here you can find all of the 124 acceptable 2-letter words contained in the SOWPODS (international list), along with their definitions. Of these 124 words, 101 are also playable using the Official Tournament and Word List (OWL or TWL) or Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (OSPD) in North America.
- ANUS or ASSHOLE? from tenebrism (yes, me)
This list, which will be continually updated, is focused on "dirty" words which can be played in SCRABBLE.
* Legitimate "DIRTY" and Offensive Word Alternatives — This list gives offensive word acceptable alternatives that you can play in any SCRABBLE game, like TRIBADE instead of LESBO or ANUS instead of ASSHOLE. Includes definitions.
* Legitimate "DIRTY" and Offensive Words with Alternate Definitions — This one gives all of the offensive words that you can play in SCRABBLE, albeit, with their polysemic definitions. Examples: DICK equals a detective, JACKASS equals a male donkey, and TITTIES equals sisters.
* Legitimate "DIRTY" and Offensive Words in Tournament Play — These are all of the offensive words excluded from the OSPD4 but included in the OWL2. Includes definitions. Examples: ABO, DICKED, GRINGO, and JISM.
- Possible New SCRABBLE Words? from tenebrism (yep... me again)
Here you can find a small list of the rumored new words that will make it into the next SCRABBLE Dictionary (OSPD5), along with some of my "WISHLIST" words.
- Word Lists for Playing Competitive Scrabble from Mike Wolfberg
This page links to some word lists contained within Wolfberg's website. The lists include:
* All the OWL2 Two-Letter Words, with Meanings,
* All the OSPD4 Two-Letter Words, with Meanings,
* OWL2 Word Lists (see below),
* All TWL98/OSPD3 Two-Letter Words and Their One-Letter Extensions,
* All TWL98/OSPD3 Three-Letter Words and Their One-Letter Extensions,
* TWL98/OSPD3 Words with Q not immediately followed by U,
* TWL98/OSPD3 Words With High-Scoring Letters (J,Q,X,Z),
* TWL98/OSPD3 Words Heavy in Vowels, and
* Brand Names with OWL2 Anagrams.
- OWL2 Word Lists for Playing Competitive Scrabble from Mike Wolfberg
This page links to the word lists contained within Wolfberg's website. The lists include:
* All OWL2 Two-Letter Words, with Definitions,
* All OSPD4 Two-Letter Words, with Definitions,
* All OWL2 Three-Letter Words - First Half,
* All OWL2 Three-Letter Words - Second Half,
* All Twos and Their One-Letter Extensions,
* Words with a J of Length 3 - 5,
* Words with a Q of Length 3 - 5,
* Words with a X of Length 3 - 5,
* Words with a Z of Length 3 - 5,
* Words with a Q not Immediately Followed by a U,
* Words Heavy in Vowels,
* Anamonics Which Are Words, and
* Some more word lists, which can be found in the Documents section above.
- Word Combinations for Scrabble from Melfic
This Scrabble word list webpage lists some common words and tons of possible word combinations, including:
* TWL96 6+2 Unistem Words in Reverse Probability Order,
* SOWPODS96 6+2 Unistem Words in Reverse Probability Order,
* Common Two-, Three- and Four-Letter Words,
* Common Five-Letter Words,
* Common Six-Letter Words,
* Common Seven-Letter Words,
* Common Eight-Letter Words, and
* SOWPODS 2000 4+4 Compounds (Concatenation of two 4-letter words).
- Scrabble Word List from Scrabble Finder
On this page, which also has a helpful word finder (up to 12 letters), you'll get a quick list of useful words to help you master the game of Scrabble, and even Lexulous, Annagrammer and Wordscraper. They include the following:
* Two-Letter Scrabble Words (All the two-letter Scrabble words and high-scoring options)
* Scrabble "Q" Words (All 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-letter Q words, as well as Q words that don't require the letter U)
* Scrabble "X" Words (All 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-letter X words)
* Scrabble "Z" Words (All 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-letter Z words)
* Scrabble "J" Words (All 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-letter J words)
* Scrabble Vowel Words (Words you can make with only vowels)
* Scrabble Consonant Words (Words you can make using only consonants)
- Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition (OSPD4) by Merriam-Webster
Anyone who plays SCRABBLE in North America should own this dictionary. It's the most relevant for school and at-home play, and can also be used for competitive play (although the OWL2 contains all the words expurgated from the OSPD4). It can be found in hardcover, paperback, illustrated hardcover, and large print.
- Official Tournament and Club Word List, 2nd Edition (OWL2) by Merriam-Webster
This is the official word source for tournament SCRABBLE players in North America. It includes all of the words listed in the OSPD4, with the addition of 9-letter words, inflections, and expurgated words from the OSPD4. No definitions. 505 pages. Paperback. And don't purchase one of these books for an outrageous price. Amazon sellers list it anywhere from $100 to $400, but it can be purchased for a mere $15 at Word Gear (link above).
- Official Long Words List from the NSA & Merriam-Webster
"This word source has been compiled and created by the National SCRABBLE Association's (NSA) Dictionary Committee in conjunction with Merriam- Webster, Inc. The ONLY official word list used to adjudicate words longer than nine letters at sanctioned NSA clubs and tournaments." But you don't have to spend money on this book, because you can download an online version for free (found in the Documents section above).
- Everything Scrabble by Joe Edley & John Williams (Pocket Books)
"For both the beginner and the seasoned pro, this how-to book from the National Scrabble Association offers all the keys to better play ... Featuring a rare interview with the SCRABBLE game inventor, the late Alfred Mosher Butts, this extensively illustrated guidebook covers all facets of the game and worldwide SCRABBLE culture, including the clubs, tournaments, champions and rules, and playing SCRABBLE with children, plus a complete history of the game." It's also available on Amazon.
- Bob's Bible: Words, Anagrams and Hooks by Robert Gillis
"Bob's Bible is the comprehensive distillation of the word knowledge you need to become a superior Scrabble player. It's perfect for browsing, reference or all-out study! It's a must-have for any ardent player of the game of Scrabble, be they beginner or World Champion ... All of the National Scrabble Association-acceptable two- to eight-letter words are alphabetically listed and each word is annotated with all of its hooks (one letter extensions) and anagrams (words using exactly the same letters). When you look up HARKENED you'll find that DAKERHEN is the obscure anagram. You'll discover that LUNCH and RIOT can be hooked with the letter G to make GLUNCH and GRIOT . PICTURES anagrams to both CUPRITES and the unexpected PIECRUST! And the delightful surprises go on and on!" There's also a School Edition, Big Print Edition, and Sdrawkcab Edition (Backwards).
- SCRABBLE Wordbook by Mike Baron (Sterling Publishing)
"Whether at an official tournament or a home kitchen table, every SCRABBLE player wants to be a winner—and these specially selected words and expert hints are guaranteed to boost scores. Based on the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition (currently one of the bestselling games and puzzles books) and with foreword by World SCRABBLE Champion Brian Cappelletto, this is the equivalent of an intensive training course. 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." Also available on Amazon.
- The Scrabble Word-Building Book by Saleem Ahmed (Pocket Books)
This book has been recently revised and updated (finally... after nearly 16 years), and focuses on building off of your opponent's words. It contains a list of 94 2-letter words, over 800 3-letter words, 8-letter words that can be formed from 7-letter words, and every word up to 7 letters long that you can play. Also available on Amazon. This is a good book, but Bob's Bible and the SCRABBLE Wordbook offer more for all players, from novice to expert.
- The Official Scrabble Brand Word-Finder: The Ultimate Playing Companion to America's Favorite Word Game by Robert W. Schachner (Black Dog & Leventhal)
This is "designed with one thing in mind: scoring big points. The method is simple--present as many playable words as possible, in one place, for easy reference during a game. Over 60,000 high-scoring words are arranged alphabetically by first letter and by inside letters, providing the widest array of possible word variations." Also available on Amazon. It sounds good, right? Some players might actually find this helpful, but most will not. It's outdated and missing obvious words, its 3-letter words from 2-letter words list is clearly incomplete, and it's extremely hard to navigate. I'd suggest staying away from this one, but I felt it necessary to list anyways, perhaps as a warning.
- The Official Scrabble Puzzle Book by Joe Edley (Pocket Books)
This is not a word list book, but a puzzle book to help you get better at building words on the board. There's "800 puzzles to sharpen your thinking and hone your crossword skills" and you can "discover tips, shortcuts, and special plays in actual game situations, and a battery of increasingly complex puzzles as you learn to play with the pros." It's pretty helpful to any player, not to mention fun. Instead of doing your daily crossword puzzle, do one of these SCRABBLE puzzles. Highly recommended. Also available on Amazon.
- The Big Book of SCRABBLEgrams (Scrabble Brand Grams) by Sterling Publishing
"Put on your thinking caps and get ready to solve some SCRABBLEgrams: the pen-and-paper reinterpretation of the favorite board game played by more than 100 million people around the world. These innovative puzzles, just like the popular ones syndicated in newspapers nationwide, provide endless fun in an easy-to-understand Scrabble-based format. To play, make a 2 to 7 letter word from the tiles pictured on the page. Then add up your score in the boxes on the right. Compete against your own best scores, or compare your words to the "best answers" given in the solution. Once you've started solving SCRABBLEgrams, you'll never go back to ordinary word games again!" This is a really helpful spiral-bound puzzle book, just like the above mentioned Official Scrabble Puzzle Book. Worth every penny.
- Word Nerd Books by Peter Schwartzman
Schwartman publishes his own SCRABBLE puzzles books, which include tons of great puzzles, like anagrams for 7- and 8-letter words, hooks for 2- and 3-letter words, vowel dumps, and consonant dumps. His books are the Word Nerd Workbook #1 and #2, and the Word Nerd Puzzler #1 and #2. You can purchase these products in print or in an ebook CD.
- SCRABBLE Facts: Butts, Boards & Blasphemies
- SCRABBLE Evolution: From Boards & Brew to Pockets & Programs to Cheats & Cheating
- Scrabble Challenge #5: Put Your 2-Letter Word Skills to the Test
- News Alert: Scrabble Makes You Smarter
- Death Sentence for SCRABBLE: The Racism Debate Continues...
- Scrabble Challenge #18: Can You Win at Scrabble Rack Attack?
- How Controversy Changed SCRABBLE
- Winning with 3-Letter Words
- Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the SCRABBLE Enthusiast
- Scrabble Dumbs Down Its Game with 3,000 New Words
- All of the Other SCRABBLE Prints & Posters
- OMG, Scrabble Trickster Lets Players Use Textspeak… What's Next?
- Scrabble Challenge #17: How Many Words Can You Find in TURKEY?
- Scrabble Challenge #15: What Would Be Your First Move in Words with Friends?
- Rules Thrown Out the Window: Ogilvy & Mather's Scrabble Trickster Video Spot
- The History of SCRABBLE Boards: Glass, Vintage, Gold... & Star Trek?!?
- How to Play and Win Bananagrams – Scrabble's Addictive and Fast-Paced Cousin
- A Step Back-"words" — SCRABBLE Trickster Hits UK Stores
- The Many Ways to Play SCRABBLE
- $10,000 First Prize for the Upcoming 2010 National SCRABBLE Championship in August