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Winning with 3-Letter Words

If you think you're a Scrabble genius because you have all the two-letter words memorized, you're sorely wrong.  To be a Scrabble genius, you have to know practically "every" word acceptable in Scrabble, so I'm guessing there's not too many Scrabble geniuses out there, because it's an impossible feat.

But the next step up from knowing all the two-letter words in knowing all the three-letter words.  There are ten times as many compared to the two-letter words, but it's well worth the time to memorize them.

Here are a few key ones to remember from the OSPD (my favorite is CWM):

ABA, ABY, ADZ, AHI, ARF, AUK, AVO, AWA, AZO, BAA, BEL, BEY, BOS, CEP, CIS, COL, COX, COZ, CWM, DAK, DAL, DAW, DEX, DUI, ECU, EDH, EME, ETH, FEX, FIL, FIZ, FOU, GAM, GED, GHI, GNU, GOA, GUL, GYP, HAJ, HAO, HEP, HIC, HUN, HYP, ICH, ICK, IFF, IGG, ISM, JEE, JEU, JOE, JOW, JUN, JUS, KAB, KAE, KAF, KEA, KEF, KEP, KEX, KHI, KIR, KOI, KUE, LAC, LAV, LEK, LEU, LEV, LEZ, LUX, MEG, MHO, MIM, MIR, MOC, MYC, NEB, NIX, NOH, NTH, OBA, OCA, ODA, OES, OHO, OKE, OOT, ORC, OXO, PAH, PAX, PHT, PIU, POH, POX, PYA, PYX, QAT, QIS, QUA, RAI, RAX, REX, RHO, RIA, ROC, RYA, SAE, SAU, SEI, SHH, SOU, SRI, SUK, SUQ, SYN, TAJ, TAU, TEG, TEW, TOD, TWA, UDO, ULU, URB, UTE, UTS, VAU, VAW, VUG, VUM, WAE, WAW, WHA, WYN, XIS, YEH, YEW, YOK, ZAS, ZOA, ZZZ

For the full list of 3-letter words, visit the Scrabble 3 Letter Word List.

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3 Comments

It's actually not permitted in normal play, but is in tournament play, along with all the other offensive words removed from the Scrabble Dictionary.

It's only offensive if you have predisposed ideas (most likely cultural, but I am only assuming) about the significance of the word. I've been playing scrabble for ages and have played that word numerous times without caring for its meaning. Does that make me insensitive? No, I hardly bother with meanings of most of the words I play on Scrabble. They are simply points on a board with which I aim to conquer my opponent. In context the word might be offensive yes, but on a scrabble board it's as meaningless as an American tourist reading billboards in Japan.

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