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What's an evening like at the Lauderhill Scrabble® Club #276? 

Read John Thomason's June 2007 article which appeared in the Sun-Sentinel.

"Lauderhill Scrabble Club #276 is Not for Novices."


 

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The following is an interesting article which appeared on the ScientificAmerican.com web site last April 2015.

Winning SCRABBLE

and the Nature of Expertise

Studying a game yields insights into what it takes to be great at something

By David Z. Hambrick on April 21, 2015

http://www.scientificamerican.com

Clearly, expert SCRABBLE players are to some degree “made.” But there is evidence that basic cognitive abilities play a role, too. 

In case you didn’t hear the news, there was a major shake-up in the competitive SCRABBLE world last summer in Buffalo. Conrad Bassett-Bouchard, a 24-year old graduate student from Portland, Oregon, won the $10,000 first prize at the National SCRABBLE Championship, making him the youngest American to ever win the tournament. But the big news was that the win ended Nigel Richards’ run of four titles. Richards, a reclusive New Zealander, is widely regarded as the best SCRABBLE player of all-time—the “Michael Jordan of the game,” as one co-competitor put it. Along with five U.S. National titles, Richards has won the World SCRABBLE Championship three times, and the Thailand International—the largest SCRABBLE tournament in the world—eleven times.

SCRABBLE has been one of the most popular board games in the world for decades. And, now, as an increasingly popular domain for scientific research on expertise, it is giving psychologists a better understanding of the underpinnings of complex skill and a clearer picture of the origins of greatness. The overarching goal of this research is to better understand the interplay between “software” and “hardware” aspects of the cognitive system. Software factors include knowledge and skills that are acquired through experience, whereas hardware factors include genetically-influenced abilities and capacities. SCRABBLE is ideal for research on how these factors interact not only because it is relatively easy to find research participants from a wide range of skill, but because it can be imported into the lab.  

The basic goal of SCRABBLE is to create intersecting words by placing lettered tiles on a board containing a 15 x 15 grid. Knowledge is, of course, critical for success in this task. If you want to become a great SCRABBLE player, first and foremost, you have to know a lot of words. A top player will know most of the two hundred thousand or so words in the SCRABBLE dictionary (not their definitions, just the words themselves). Among the plays in the final game at the National SCRABBLE Championship in Buffalo: WAB, TROOZE, HOURI, AA, KIBI, and QUA (all real words, apparently). You also need to be adept at identifying potential plays. Expert players can rattle off dozens of possible plays for any given rack—for, say, GINOPRS, words like SPORING, GIPONS, PIROG, PINGO, OS, and SORN. Many serious SCRABBLE players “cross-train” by playing anagramming games like Boggle, or by just solving anagrams, which Conrad Bassett-Bouchard compares to a basketball player practicing free throws. Finally, you have to know SCRABBLE strategy—or what aficionados call “rack management”—such as how to keep a good mix of consonant and vowels (the key, according to reigning World SCRABBLE Champion Craig Beevers, is to “score and leave”—go for points but be mindful of what any play will leave you on your rack).  

People aren’t born with this type of specialized knowledge. Research indicates that we may come into the world equipped with the building blocks for complex skills such as math, but certainly nothing as specific as knowledge of words in a particular language. Thus, experience is necessary to become an expert in SCRABBLE. And, in fact, SCRABBLE skill has been found to correlate positively with the amount of time people spend engaging in SCRABBLE-related activities. In one study, using official SCRABBLE rating as an objective measure of skill, researchers found that groups of “elite” and “average” SCRABBLE players differed in the amount of time they had devoted to things like studying word lists, analyzing previous SCRABBLE games, and anagramming—and not by a little. Overall, the elite group had spent an average of over 5,000 hours on SCRABBLE study, compared to only about 1,300 hours for the average group. Another study found that competitive SCRABBLE players devoted an average of nearly 5 hours a week to memorizing words from the SCRABBLE dictionary.  

Clearly, expert SCRABBLE players are to some degree “made.” But there is evidence that basic cognitive abilities play a role, too. In a study recently published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, Michael Toma and his colleagues found that elite SCRABBLE players outperformed college students from a highly selective university on tests of two cognitive abilities: working memory and visuospatial reasoning. Working memory is the ability to hold in mind information while using it to solve a problem, as when iterating through possible moves in a SCRABBLE game. Visuospatial reasoning is the ability to visualize things and to detect patterns, as when imagining how tiles on a SCRABBLE board would intersect after a certain play. Both abilities are influenced by genetic factors.

Further evidence pointing to a role of these abilities in SCRABBLE expertise comes from a recent brain imaging study by Andrea Protzner and her colleagues at the University of Calgary. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), these researchers recorded the brain activity of SCRABBLE players and control subjects as they performed a task in which they were shown groups of letters and judged whether they formed words. (fMRI measures brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow within different regions of the brain.) The major finding of this study was that competitive SCRABBLE players recruited brain regions associated with working memory and visual perception to perform this task to a greater degree than the control subjects did.

What might explain SCRABBLE experts’ superiority in working memory and visuospatial reasoning? One possibility is that playing SCRABBLE improves these cognitive abilities, like a work-out at the gym makes you stronger. However, this seems unlikely based on over a century of research on the issue of “transfer” of training. When people train on a task, they sometimes get better on similar tasks, but they usually do not get better on other tasks. They show “near” transfer, but not “far” transfer. (Practice SCRABBLE and you’ll get better at SCRABBLE, and maybe Boggle, but don’t count on it making you smarter.) For the same basic reason that basketball players tend to be tall, a more likely explanation is that people high in working memory and visuospatial reasoning abilities are people who tend to get into, and persist at, playing SCRABBLE: because it gives them an advantage in the game. This explanation fits with what behavioral geneticists call gene-environment correlation, which is the idea that our genetic makeup influences our experiences.

These findings challenge the dogma that anyone can become anything they want to become—like the best SCRABBLE player in the world—with enough hard work. At the same time, they add to an emerging understanding of complex skill that may ultimately bring expertise within reach of a larger number of people than is currently the case. For example, it may one day be possible to give people precise information about their abilities, and of the likelihood of achieving success in particular domains given those abilities. It may also be possible to design approaches to training complex skills that accelerate the acquisition of expertise.

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SCRABBLE CLUB #276

CELEBRATED ITS

27TH ANNUAL SCRABBLE AWARDS NIGHT ON JANUARY 13, 2016

Oscar Red Carpet 1Awards

On January 13, twenty-six of our Scrabble Club members congregated at their meeting place in Veteran s Park, Lauderhill, Florida to attend our 27th Annual Awards Night and to cheer on their fellow players as numerous awards were presented!

This year, DENA WEINSTEIN baked easy-to-handle and delicious cupcakes for our festive evening with a "Scrabble tile" on the top of each cupcake which was arranged to spell out the words "27th Annual Scrabble Awards, Club #276!"  

Thanks again Dena for all the time, effort and thought you always put into your amazing, beautiful and yummy creations!

If anyone ever needs a wonderful and delicious cake or cupcakes for a special occasion, you can order the best of the best from Dena Weinstein!



Thanks also to CHERYL LEVIN for opening her office for me on Sunday to make copies of the completed stats as soon as they were hot off the presses!  Cheryl, with the myriad of things that still had to be done for our Awards Night, your generosity helped me to complete everything in time for the big night! In appreciation of her generosity, I presented Cheryl with a needlepoint which is absolutely "perfect" for her!  And the lawyer in the needlepoint even looks like Cheryl!



Then Of course, as usual much thanks always goes to LARRY GRADUS for being the best Assistant Director! 

Larry, your help each week is so appreciated and makes the evening run so much smoother! 













Larry, you look so
handsome in your new sweater!



After all of my thanks were expressed, SHEREEN WEINSTEIN took the floor and on behalf of the entire Scrabble Club #276 said some lovely words and presented me with a gift of their appreciation.  I can't even begin to tell you how good it made me feel to know that everyone enjoys our club and appreciates all the work that goes into making it fun all year long!

Many thanks to everyone for your wonderful gift!

Thanks, thank you - Page 16

As I was about to start the presentation of awards, one of our new members,
LESLEY SALAS, asked if she could say a few words first.  Much to my surprise and absolute delight, Lesley then proceeded to recite a wonderful poem which she wrote for this special occasion!



AND NOW FOR THE AWARDS!!!!
 







 
 
















Clapping Hands
Congratulations to all of our
2015 winners

in the following categories:

2015 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

SANDEE BLOOM

11.51%!!!

L-R: Jed Martinez, Sandee Bloom Larry Gradus

2nd Place - LARRY "P." GRADUS - 9.79%
3rd Place - JED MARTINEZ - 7.71%
  


2015 PERSEVERANCE AWARD

CAROL DOSS


And while I'm on the subject of improving, during the past 27 years I have presented the following award only three times.  It's called the PERSEVERANCE AWARD and this year CAROL DOSS became the fourth recipient!  Carol has only been a member of our club for a little more than one year.  Carol also has the distinction of playing the most games at our club during 2015 (145 games!).  But what makes her so deserving of this award is the fact that Carol keeps plugging away with her cheerful attitude whether she wins or loses!  One night she even won two of her games!  Congratulations, Carol!

2015 TIE FOR HIGHEST SCORING WORD

 ROBERT KAHN "FASCINES" - 167 Pts!

LAURA WOLFSON "SKIRTING" - 167 Pts!

Robert Kahn
(Laura Wolfson not present)

         2nd Place Tie for 158 Points:

IAN WEINSTEIN - "AERODUCT," "BUTTERED" & "VASELINE" !!!!!!!!

GERRY SMITH - "INVERTOR"

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Gerry Smith

3rd Place Tie for 149 Points: 

MARSHALL RESNICK - "CIGARETS"

JOANNE COHEN - "VASTAGED" (PHONEY)

L-R:  Joanne Cohen, Marshall Resnick


During 2015 there were 72 Bamdingers* scored (with 6 being phonies)! *A "Bamdinger" is one word that scores 100 points or more!

To view these 72 Bamdingers which were scored during 2015 and also all the other 100+ words in the "Bamdinger Hall of Fame" since our records began, please click on the link below.

2015 MOST BAMDINGERS

1st Place 

IAN WEINSTEIN - 14 BAMDINGERS!!!

By now, we are all in agreement that

"Weinstein" must be an "Einstein" in disguise!





2nd Place  ROBERT KAHN - 10 BAMDINGERS

       3rd Place  MARTY ROSEN - 6 BAMDINGERS       

2015 HIGHEST SCORING GAMES 

FIRST PLACE 

  IAN WEINSTEIN - 724 Pts

2nd Place - CONOR MUNRO - 643 Pts
3rd Place - ROBERT KAHN - 642 Pts

L-R: Robert Kahn, Conor Munro, Ian Weinstein

2015 PLATEAU Certificates
for
Total Winning Games
at Scrabble Club 276


(The levels are 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000)

This year we had TEN who have either reached the first plateau of winning games or have upped their levels to the next plateau. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO IAN WEINSTEIN FOR BEING OUR FIRST CLUB MEMBER TO REACH THE 2000 WINNING GAMES PLATEAU!!!! 

Ian Weinstein

OTHER 2015 PLATEAU WINNERS

500 PLATEAU AWARD

L-R:  John Thomason, Carl Stocker


250 PLATEAU AWARD
Elaine Patterson
Angel Dupree (Not Present)

100 PLATEAU AWARD
Noel Livermore (Not Present)


50 PLATEAU AWARD
L-R:  Joanne Cohen, Conor Munro
Vicki Holmes (Not Present)
Mervet Heartberg (Not Present)

2015 BEST BINGO AVERAGE

 1st Place - ROBERT KAHN - 2.274
2nd Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 2.254
3rd Place - JOANNE COHEN - 1.712

L-R:  Robert Kahn, Joanne Cohen, Ian Weinstein

2015 MOST BINGOS

1st Place - ROBERT KAHN - 282
2nd Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 266
3rd Place - MARTY ROSEN - 205

 L-R: Marty Rosen, Ian Weinstein, Robert Kahn

2015 MOST 400+ GAMES

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 96
2nd Place - ROBERT KAHN - 82
3rd Place - HOWARD
PISTOL - 62

L-R: Howard Pistol, Ian Weinstein, Robert Kahn 


2015 MOST 500+ GAMES

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 29

2nd Place - ROBERT KAHN - 16
3rd Place -
CARL STOCKER  - 12

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Carl Stocker, Robert Kahn,


2015 BIGGEST WINNING STREAK

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN 
27 consecutive games!!!!

2nd Place:  - 13 consecutive games

HOWARD PISTOL

3rd Place:  9 consecutive games

SANDEE BLOOM

L-R  Ian Weinstein, Sandee Bloom, Howard Pistol

2015 HIGHEST AVERAGE

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 460

2nd Place - ROBERT KAHN - 438
3rd Place - HOWARD PISTOL - 408

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Robert Kahn, Howard Pistol

2015 MOST WINS

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 98
2nd Place - SANDEE BLOOM - 86
3rd Place - ROBERT KAHN - 81


L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Sandee Bloom, Robert Kahn


2015 HIGHEST WINNING PERCENTAGE

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - .831!!!

2nd Place - ROBERT KAHN - .753
3rd Place - HOWARD PISTOL  -  .638

L-R:  Howard Pistol, Ian Weinstein, Robert Kahn

Congratulations to all our members who received awards and thank you to our entire membership who help to make our Scrabble club such a fun, interesting and competitively challenging place to be every Wednesday night! 

As is my custom, along with the packet of club stats and individual stats, I give a gift to all of our Scrabble Club players who have attended our club a number of times during the year.  I hope our club players will enjoy their gift packets consisting of a Scrabble bag and a Scrabble notebook.


To add more excitement to our Awards Night, a lottery ticket for $1.5 billion was awarded for the highest scoring word played in the first game which started with the natural letter "P" for "Powerball."  Our winner of the lottery ticket was CONOR MUNRO when he played "PERSONS" for 78 points!  Unfortunately, Conor was not one of the winners of the $1.5 billion.

Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my brother, STEVE BLOOM and our club member, CHERYL LEVIN, for taking all of the photos during our 27th Annual Scrabble Awards Night!

Here's looking forward to another fun year at our Scrabble Club and wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2016!
















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As of April 1, 2015 we have been officially using the new words at Scrabble Club 276
!


If you would like to print out the newest 2-3 letter "Cheat Sheet" which has all the new additions in red font,  please click the following link.

2015 Cheat Sheet



And for those of you who would actually like to know the meanings of some of these new words, much thanks to Rebecca Slivka for her "work in progress."

New Two-Letter Words

According to NASPA, there are only 4 new two-letter words:
New Word Definition and Extensions Notes
DA dad [n -S] family.txt
GI a martial arts garment [n -S] japanese.txt
PO a chamber pot [n -S] toilet.txt
TE the musical note TI [n -S]

New Three-Letter Words

According to NASPA, there are 66 new three-letter words. The following 66 are what we have found:
New Word Definition and Extensions Notes
AJI a spicy pepper [n -S]
CAF a cafeteria or cafe [n -S] : CAFF(s) coffee.txt
CAL unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5
CUZ coz (cousin) [n CUZZES] family.txt
DAS da [n]
DEP a convenience store [n -S]
DOH the first tone of the diatonic scale, Homer [n -S] also an interjection
DUM cooked with steam [adj]
ECO ecology [n -S]
EEW eeew [interj]
EMO a style of rock music with emotional lyrics [n -S] : EMOCORE(s)
EST a group technique for raising self-awareness [n -S] trademark?
FAH fa [n -S]
FOO a name for a temporary computer variable or file [n -S] finally, BAR has its missing companion. Computers.txt
GIF a computer file in a type of image format [n -S]
GIS gi [n]
GRR use to express anger or annoyance [interj]
HOM a sacred plant of the ancient Persians [n -S] : HOMA(s)
HOO used to express surprise or apprechension [interj]
LAH the tone la [n -S]
LOR unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good
LUD a form of address to a judge in a court, ma lud [n -S]
LUN a lee [n -S]
MAM mother, mama [n -S] family.txt
MEH not impressive, boring [interj]
MES unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good
MMM mm [interj]
MOI used instead of "who me?" to feign surprise when accused of something [interj] french.txt
MUX to multiplex [v -ED -ING -ES]
NAV navigation [n -S] aviation.txt
NUG a chunk of wood sawn from a log [n -S]
OCH used to express surprise or regret [interj]
OIK a very rude or stupid person [n -S] stupid.txt
OMA grandmother [n -S] : OPA(s)
OOF used to express discomfort [interj]
OPA grandfather [n -S] : OMA(s) family.txt
ORG an organization [n -S]
OWT anything [n -S]
PAK a pack [n -S]
PHO a Vietnamese soup of rice noodles and veg [n -S]
POS plural of new PO, or the state of being infected or certain [adj]
REZ reservation [n REZES or REZZES]
ROO a kangaroo [n -S]
RYU a school of Japanese martial arts [n -S] japanese.txt
SAN a sanatorium [n -S] note SANS already good (different definition)
SEV an Indian food of deepfried strands of flour [n -S]
SEZ unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5
SHO unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5
SIG a short personalized message at the end of an email, a signature [n -S] computer.txt
SOC a sociology course [n -ES]
SOH another name for the tone sol [n -S]
SUS to suss [v SUSED SUSING SUSES]
TEC a detective [n -S]
TES plural of the new TE
TIX tickets [n/pl]
TIZ tizzy [n TIZES] : TIZ TIZZ TIZZY
TUM tummy [n -S]
UMS new definition for um: to hesitate or pause in speaking [v UMMED UMMING UMS]
UNI university or a uniform [n -S]
VIN french wine [n -S] french.txt, alcohol.txt
VOG air pollution caused by volcanic emissions [n -S] portmanteau
WUZ unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5
XED unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5
YAS ya is an asian pear new definiton so now YAS is good. Fruit.txt
YER unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5
YEZ unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5

New Four-Letter Words

There hasn't been an announcement about the number of new four-letter words, but by comparing comparing MW online with OWL2 there appear to be 185 new fours:
New Word Definition and Extensions Notes
ACAI a purple berrylike fruit of a tropical palm [n -S] fruit.txt
ACRO a skiing event in which a skier performs acrobatic moves to music [n -S]
AFRO a curly or frizzy hairstyle [n -S] about time! Hair.txt
AGLU agloo [n -S] more Inuit
AGRO a student of agricultural studies [n -S]
AJIS aji [n]
AREG areas of shifting desert sand dunes [n/pl]
ARGH used to express despair or frustration [interj] : AUGH these get added to: AARGH AARRGH AARRGHH
AUGH used to express despair or frustration [interj] : ARGH these get added to: AARGH AARRGH AARRGHH
BANC a bench [n -S] french.txt
BAWK an Atlantic seabird [n -S] birds.txt
BAWN a meadow for cows [n -S] cows.txt
BAZZ to throw (as a stone) [v -ED -ING -ES]
BEAL an infected sore (a painful place on the body) [n -S] : BEALING(s)
BIBE a creature whose crying is an omen of death [n -S] death.txt
BING used to indicate a sudden action [interj] fruit.txt
BISH a bishop [n -ES] religion.txt
BLAG to rob with violence [v BLAGGED BLAGGING BLAGS] crime.txt
BOBO a well-to-do person who holds bohemian values and leads a bourgeois life [n -S]
BURK a berk [n -S]
CAFS caf [n] coffee.txt
CALS unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5
CAMI a camisole [n -S]
CAVA a sparkling Spanish wine [n -s] alcohol.txt
CAZH slang for casual [adj]
CERT an event considered certain to happen [n -S]
CHEM a chemistry class or course [n -S]
CHOC a piece of chocolate [n -S] candy.txt
CINQ cinque (the number 5) [n -S] french.txt
CLEG a horsefly [n -S] insects.txt
CLIT unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good expurgated?
COMM communications [n -S] : COMMO(s)
CRIP unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good assuming this will be in expurgated list
CUMS unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good assuming this will be in expurgated list
DEPS dep [n]
DESI a person of Indian, Pakistani, or Banladeshi birth who lives abroad [n -S] hindu.txt
DEVI a Hindu goddess [n -S] hindu.txt
DOBE adobe [n -S] already good:ADOBE DOBIE DOBY, polyorth list
DOHS doh [n] also an interjection
DOOB a doobie [n -S] smoking.txt
DOSA an Indian pancake made from rice flour [n -S or -I] hindu.txt
DOSH money [n] currency.txt
DOUT to extinguish (as a fire) [v -ED -ING -S] fire.txt
ECOS eco [n]
EEEW used to express disgust [interj] : EEW
EKKA a one-horse vehicle of India [n -S]
EMOS emo [n]
ERUV an enclosed area in which Jews are permitted to carry on activities normally forbidden on the Sabbath [n -S or -IM]
ESSE essential nature [n -S]
ESTS est [n] trademark?
FAFF to make a fuss [v - ED -ING -S]
FAHS fah [n]
FILK a type of popular music that parodies folk songs [n -S]
FOOS foo [n] finally, BAR has its missing companion. Computers.txt
GACH to gatch [v -ED -ING -ES] : GACHER(s), GACH GATCH GAUCH
GEAN unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good OED defines as a wild cherry, fruit.txt
GIFS gif [n]
GOJI a red berry [n -S] fruit.txt
GRIZ a grizzly bear [n GRIZ]
GYNO a gynecologist [n -S] : GYNIE(s) reproduction.txt
GYPO a small-time logging operator [n -S] : GYPPO(s) trees.txt
HEPS new definition for hep : hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) [n] disease.txt
HIYA used as an informal greeting [interj] hellogoodbye.txt
HMMM unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good HM and HMM already good.
HOLO a hologram [n -S]
HOMA a hom [n -S]
HOMS hom [n] : HOMA(s)
HORK to spit [v -ED -ING -S]
HWYL an emotion that inspires impassioned eloquence [n -S]
ICKS new definition for ick : something sticky or disgusting [n]
JIRD a long-tailed rodent [n -S]
JIZZ unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good predicting this will be in the expurgated list
JOOK a tavern that has a jukebox [n -s}
JUDY a woman [n JUDIES] names.txt
KAPU a Hawaiian set of rules for daily life [n -S]
KETA a type of salmon [n -S] fish.txt
KRAI an administrative district in Russia [n -S] : KRAY(s)
KRAY krai [n -S]
LAHS lah [n]
LARN to learn [v -ED or -T, -ING -S]
LEDE the introductory section of a news story [n -S] another about time
LEVS new plural for lev [n] : LEVA currency.txt
LIAS a blue limestone rock [n -ES]
LIPO liposuction [n -S]
LOTO lotto [n -S]
LUDO a simple board game [n -S]
LUDS a form of address to a judge in a court, ma lud [n -S]
LUNS lun [n]
MAKI a sushi roll [n -S] japanese.txt
MAMS mam [n] family.txt
MECH a mechanic [n -S] cars.txt
MOFO unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good predict this will be in the expurgated list
MOHO a boundary separating the earth's crust and the mantle [n -S]
MOOK a foolish or contemptible person, or a bad guy in a movie [n -S]
MUNG a round green bean [n -S]
MUSO a musician [n -S]
NAES new plural, nae [n]
NAGA a half-snake, half-human creature in Hinduism [n -S] hindu.txt
NANO science that deals with materials on an atomic or molecular scale [n -S] numbers.txt
NAVS nav [n] aviation.txt
NEWB a newbie [n -S]
NIFF to stink [v -ED -ING -S]
NUFF enough [n -S] polyorth
NUGS nug [n]
NYAH used to express contempt for another [interj]
OATY tasting or smelling of oats [adj OATIER OATIEST]
OCHE a line behind which players stand when throwing darts [n -S]
OFFA unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5
OIKS oik [n] stupid.txt
OLDE old [adj]
OMAS oma [n]
OPAS opa [n] family.txt
ORGS org [n]
OUTA unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good not in OSPD5
OWLY resembling an owl [adj OWLIER OWLIEST] birds.txt
OWTS owt [n]
OXER a fence for keeping in cattle [n -S] cows.txt
OXIC denoting a process involving oxygen [adj]
PAAN a betel leaf folded around pieces of betel nut and spices [n -S]
PAKS pak [n]
PALI a cliff in Hawaii [n -S]
PAUA Maori name for abalone shell [n -S] (but IWI* is still not good)
PERC a chemical used in dry cleaning [n -S]
PHOS pho [n]
PIPA a four-stringed Chinese lute [n -S] musicalinstruments.txt
POGO to jump up and down as if on a pogo stick [v -ED -ING -S or -ES] trademark?
PROB a problem [n -S] math.txt
PUDU a small deer of South America [n -S]
PULK a small sled [n -S] : PULKA(s) Inuit
RENO a renovated house [n -S] places.txt
ROOS roo [n]
RUKH a roc [n -S] birds.txt
RYUS ryu [n] japanese.txt
SEPS an african lizard [n -ES] SEPSES already existed as a plural of SEPSIS. Reptiles.txt
SESH a session [n -ES]
SEVS sev [n]
SHEN the spiritual element of a person's psyche [n SHEN]
SHHH SH [interj} : SH SHH SHHH SH and SHH were good already
SIGS sig [n] computer.txt
SITU unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good SITUS was already acceptable
SKED to schedule [n SKEDDED SKEDDING SKEDS]
SKOL to skoal (to drink to the health of) [v -ED -ING -S] alcohol.txt
SKRY to scry [v -SKRIED SKRYING SKRIES]
SOHS soh [n]
SOJU a Korean vodka distilled from rice or sweet potato [n -S] alcohol.txt
SUKH a souk [n -S] SOOK SOUK SUK SUQ already good. Polyorth
SUMI a type of black Japanese ink [n -S] japanese.txt
SUMY new definition and plural for sum: a monetary unit of Uzbekistan currency.txt
TASE to stun with a gun that fires electified darts [v TASED TASING TASES] crime.txt
TECS tec [n]
TEGU a large lizard of South America [n -S] reptiles.txt
TEIN a monetary unit of Kazakhstan [n -S] currency.txt
TIAN a large oval cooking pot [n -S]
TIYN tyin [n -S] : TIYIN(s) TIYN(s) TYIN TYIYN TYIN and TYIYN were already good (but they don�t take -S). Currency.txt
TIZZ tizzy [n TIZZES] : TIZ TIZZ TIZZY
TOCK a short, hollow sound [n -S]
TOCO a South American toucan [n -S] birds.txt
TOLT an isolated hill [n -S] mountain.txt
TOSA a dog of a breed of mastiff [n -S] dogs.txt
TREM an electric guitar lever for producing a tremolo [n -S] musicalinstruments.txt
TROU trousers [n/pl]
TUMS tum [n]
TURR a murre [n -S] birds.txt
UMMA the whole community of Muslims [n -S] : UMMAH(s) arabic.txt
UMPH oomph [n -S]
UNIS uni [n]
VEGA a large plane or valley [n -S]
VIFF to change direction abruptly of a VTOL aircraft [v -ED -ING -S] aviation.txt
VINS vin [n] french.txt, alcohol.txt
VLEI a hollow in South Africa in which water collects [n -S]
VLOG to blog videos [v VLOGGED VLOGGING VLOGS] : VLOGGER(s) computer.txt
VOGS vog [n] portmanteau
VOLK the Afrikaner people [n -S]
VULN to wound [v -ED -ING -S]
WAAH used to express wailing [interj]
WALI the governor of a province in an Arab country [n -S]
WETA a large wingless insect of New Zealand [n -S] insects.txt
WIKI a website that allows users to add and edit content [n -S] computer.txt
YAGE a tropical vine of the Amazon region [n -S]
YEOW used to express pain or shock [interj]
YOMP to march with heavy gear over rough terrain [v -ED -ING -S]
YOOF youth [n -S]
YUZU an asian citrus fruit [n -S] fruit.txt, japanese.txt
ZEDA grandfather [n -S : ZAIDA ZAIDEH ZAIDY ZEDA yiddish.txt
ZIZZto make a buzzing sound [v -ED -ING -ES]



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