Find Words For Scrabble Dictionary
Finding words for Scrabble means you should always look for words in the correct dictionary. There are different versions of the Scrabble dictionary and using the right one is dependent on where or which country you are playing from and at what level of Scrabble competition you are participating in. The current version of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary is OSPD 4. Even though OSPD is an acronym for the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, there are no countries that actually list this version as the official dictionary of choice. In Scrabble tournaments in Thailand, Canada, Israel and the United States, the ‘official’ source of words for this playling level of the game is called the Official Tournament and Club Word List. The National Scrabble Association, which is abbreviated as NSA, promotes the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary as the word resource for more leisurely play, such as those who play the game at home with family and friends or for teachers to use in school when students play the game. So, when using this Scrabble word finder, select the appropriate dictionary to help you determine which word list will be valid in whichever country you are playing from and the level of Scrabble competition.
Although the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary was first published in 1978 by a combined effort of Merriam-Webster and the National Scrabble Association Dictionary Committee, it has gone through many updates in order to have reached its current version. The premier publication was established out of need for Scrabble club and tournament players to utilize as a form of word authority, a point of reference that all competitive players could use to validate a word. The owners of the Scrabble game at the time consolidated several dictionaries, five to be exact, in order to create the first version of the Scrabble Players Dictionary. The five dictionaries that were used for this purpose including the following: The Random House College Dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Webster’s New World Dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Funk & Wagnalls. However, this consolidation process of all five dictionaries resulted in many errors and omissions since it was all done by hand. Due to the discovery of these errors and omissions throughout the years, additional updated versions gradually appeared. The second version was published in 1991. As mentioned earlier, the fourth version of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary is currently used for play. This version is mostly used by American and Canadian English speakers and is ideal for school or family use. Scrabble Tournament Players in Israel, Canada, Thailand, and the United States use the Official Tournament Word List, which is abbreviated by TWL, OWL, and OTaCWL. Scrabble Tournament Players in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand use OSW, which is short for Official Scrabble Words. This version is made up of words from the Collins Dictionary. SOWPODS, which is a combination of word lists from OSPD and OSW, is mostly used in all other countries for Scrabble Tournaments. And now, thanks to online games, there seems to be an overlap of Scrabble and Words With Friends players. Those players who are used to playing Scrabble for many years should take note that the Words With Friends word list is different. The Words With Friends game creators deleted and added some words from the standard dictionary and use the Enhanced North American Benchmark Lexicon, which is called ENABLE for short. When you use this cheat to find Scrabble words, you will easily be able to distinguish which dictionary to use and when you should use it.
- From the drop down menu, select the appropriate dictionary depending on which game you are playing and where (which country) you are playing from–TWL06, SOWPODS, OSPD4, ENABLE, OWL2.
- In the RACK box, enter your letters to find the best possible word by clicking on SEARCH. Use a question mark to designate a blank tile.
- If you want to use a specific beginning or ending for a word by using existing letters on the board, enter the letter or set of letters that your word must begin or end with in the PREFIX or SUFFIX box accordingly.
- Select SCORE to filter results by maximum point value, or select LENGTH to filter results by the number of letters in a word.