SCRABBLE® CLUB #276

Veterans Park, 7600 NW 50th Street, Lauderhill, FL 33351


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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."


 

Yowza! 300 new words added to Scrabble dictionary!

The Guardian, Mon 24 Sep 2018 

(These words will not be acceptable at Scrabble Club #276 or in       tournament play until sometime during 2019!)

Scrabble players will have to rethink their game after new words, including OK and EW, added to approved list

More than 300 new words, including bizjet and arancini have been added to the the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. 

Three hundred new words have been added to the official US Scrabble dictionary, including sriracha, aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bibimbap, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and yowza.

Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary on Monday, four years after the last version.

Included in the new edition are some long-awaited two letter words, notably OK and ew.

“OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time,” said lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. “Basically two- and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.”

There’s more good news for Scrabble players with the addition of qapik, a unit of currency in Azerbaijan, adding to an arsenal of 20 playable words beginning with q that don’t need a u.

“Every time there’s a word with q and no u, it’s a big deal,” Sokolowski said. “Most of these are obscure.”

 Yowza is one of the new words added to the official dictionary.

There are some high scorers now eligible for play, including bizjet, meaning a small plane used for business, which, if played as a plural – bizjets – as an opening gambit, would be worth a whopping 120 points due to the 50-point bonus for using all seven tiles and the double word bonus space usually played at the start. There are also words that will be great for getting rid of unwanted vowels, like arancini, those Italian balls of cooked rice.

The Massachusetts-based dictionary company sought counsel from the North American Scrabble Players Association when updating the book, Sokolowski said, “to make sure that they agree

 Sokolowski has a favorite among the new words but not, primarily, because of Scrabble scores. “It’s macaron,” he said, referring to the delicate French biscuit.

“I just like what it means,” he said.

Merriam-Webster put out the first official Scrabble dictionary in 1976. Before that, the game’s rules called for any desk dictionary to be consulted. Since an official dictionary was created, it has been updated every four to eight years.

There’s often chatter around Scrabble boards over which foreign words have been accepted into English to the degree they’re playable. In this new dictionary, schneid, a word with German roots that refers to a losing streak, as well as bibimbap, cotija and sriracha have all been added.

Scrabble was first trademarked as such in 1948, after it was thought up under a different name in 1933 by Alfred Mosher Butts, an out-of-work architect in Poughkeepsie, New York. Interest in the game picked up in the early 1950s, according to legend, when the president of Macy’s happened upon it while on vacation.

Below are some of the new 300 words that have been added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  

Please remember...These words will not be acceptable at Scrabble Club #276 or in tournament play until sometime during 2019!


AQUAFABAThe liquid that results when beans are cooked in water. Aquafaba is used especially in vegan cooking as an egg white substitute.

ARANCINI: An appetizer of deep-fried rice balls stuffed with savory fillings. Yum.

BEATDOWN: A literal violent beating, or an overwhelming defeat.

BESTIEBest friend.

BIBIMBAP: A Korean dish of rice with cooked vegetables, usually meat, and often a raw or fried egg. It’s often served in a special stone bowl. Delicious.

BITCOIN: What cool/foolhardy people use for money.

BIZJET: A small plane used by corporate executives.

BOKEH: Coming from the Japanese word for “blur,” it’s the aesthetic quality of the blurry background in some photos that contrasts with the sharp focus on the subject. Like this gorgeous one.

BOTNET: A network of computers that have been linked together by malware, hacking, etc. First used in 2003, according to Merriam-Webster; we’ve been bedeviled for quite a while now.

CANKLE: Cankles are thick ankles; it’s a portmanteau of calves + ankles. Mean.

CAPTCHA: The computer security technology requiring Web page visitors to look at one or more pictures and answer a question to prove that they’re human and not computer bots. When you fill out The Style Invitational’s entry form, such as this week’s, you’re likely to be asked to check off which of nine photos contain a picture of a vehicle, etc. And yes, of course, the bots are figuring it out.

CAPCOM: Capsule communicator, the person responsible for communicating via radio with the crew of a space mission. The government luvvvs portmanteaux.

CHYRON: Pronounced “ky-ron,” it’s the caption that runs under video clips, as on the news, and named for a 1970s manufacturer.

CONLANG: Constructed + language, a language that’s purposely invented, such as Esperanto or Klingon, rather than one that develops organically. My guess is that conlangs tend to have a lot of portmanteau words, like conlang.

COTIJA: A hard, white, crumbly Mexican cheese, described as resembling a cross between feta and parmesan. It doesn’t melt.

EMOJI: Well, you know what that is. But did you know that the name doesn’t come from “emotion,” as “emoticon” does? According to M-W, it’s a Japanese portmanteau: “e” for “picture”; “moji” for “letter” or “character.” Also, it says, the plural may be either emoji or emojis.

EW: Non-tournament Scrabble players are surely not turning up their noses at this immensely helpful addition to the two-letter-word list.

EXOME: Pronounced EX-ome, it’s another portmanteau, exon + genome. The exome is the portion of the genome known to encode proteins; sequencing the exome rather than the entire genome is less costly but still yields useful data.

FACEPALM: A noun or a verb referring to covering your face in dismay.

FARRO: A large-grained kind of wheat that is nutritious and delicious. (You may notice that I seem to find every kind of food delicious. This is not quite true: I can’t learn to like Asian bitter melon, and, well, Peeps and candy corn aren’t food, so they don’t count.)

FROWNY: M-W lists it as a noun as well as an adjective. So: Does it really take more muscles to frown than to smile, as your aunt’s favorite chain email insists? Snopes determines it “unproven,” but does supply an amusing variety of muscle counts.

GAMIFY: It does not mean to make something smell like roadkill; it’s adding games to training programs to make them more interesting and understandable. Gamification is the noun.

HIVEMIND: The one-word variant of hive mind, “the collective thoughts, ideas, and opinions of a group of people (such as Internet users) regarded as functioning together as a single mind,” as a hive of bees does. I wouldn’t say the Loser Community is “a single mind,” opinion-wise, but it’s a heck of a collective repository of knowledge and source of wit.

JUDGY: Pejorative for the already-by-now pejorative judgmental.

LISTICLEList + article, an “information” format popular with those who tend not to read two paragraphs in a row.

MACARON: A little French meringue sandwich cookie. It is, needless to say, delicious. Not the same as macaroon or Macron.

MULLOWAY: “A large, silvery fish (Argyrosomus japonicus synonym A. hololepidotus) of chiefly coastal waters from Africa to Australia that is valued as a food and sport fish. I have never had this fish, but I am sure that it is delicious.

NUTJOB: Choose your own example.

NUBBER: In baseball, a weakly hit grounder.

OK: Added for the two-letter spelling. M-W dates it back to 1839, and says it was a joke-spelling abbreviation for “all correct.”

ONBOARD: As an adjective, describing what’s carried in a vehicle, etc. Huh, I see that M-W does not yet acknowledge its corporate-speak use as a verb: to introduce and integrate a new employee into the workforce. Nor does it say it’s an adverb, as in “the new passengers came onboard.” I guess aboard still lives.

PAPASAN: A bowl-shaped chair on a cylindrical base, usually wicker or rattan. What you get at Pier 1.

PIZZAZZ: That fourth Z adds that much more ... flair and panache!

PUGGLE: Pug x beagle, yet another portmanteau crossbreed.

ROOTKIT: A malicious piece of software that grants a remote operator complete access to a computer system.

SANTOKU: A Japanese chef’s knife whose top curves downward at the tip.

SCHNEID: A losing streak. It derives in some complicated way from a German idiom for tailor that was used in card games.

SHEEPLE: “People who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced : people likened to sheep.”

SHO: An archaic monetary unit once used in Tibet — and surely included now only to provide a strategically useful three-letter Scrabble word.

SRIRACHA: Now-ubiquitous red hot sauce (not a trademark!). It is delicious but not my favorite red hot sauce, which is this.

SUBSTORM: A localized disturbance of the earth’s magnetic field in high latitudes, typically manifested as an aurora.

TRUTHER: M-W defines it as “one who believes that the truth about an important subject or event is being concealed from the public by a powerful conspiracy.” In actual use, it’s a disparaging term to describe someone who’s taken in by crackpot claims and theories.

TWERK: Twerking: Sexually suggestive dancing characterized by rapid, repeated hip thrusts and shaking of the buttocks especially while squatting. First known use: 2001. So think of all the years when the word existed but you didn’t have to read about it. But have you tried doing it?

UPCYCLE: To recycle into a product more valuable than the original, as to make expensive shoes from plastic bags.

VAPE: To inhale an electronic cigarette. 

WAYBACK: The area in the very back of a van or SUV, the equivalent of the trunk of a sedan. 

WORDIE: Someone who’s fascinated by words and language. I don’t know anyone like that.

YOWZA: Interjection “used to express surprise or amazement.” 

ZEN: A Buddhist sect, or, lowercase, “a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort.” Another long-overdue and direly needed addition to the three-letter Scrabble list. Not to mention the list of Z-words.

ZOMBOID: The adjectival form of zombie. While the zomboid form of adjective would be aaaaaad-jehhhhhhhc-tivvvvvvvve.


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I have been directing our club since 1986 – that’s 32 years and I put a lot of time, effort and love into making this a fun and competitive club!  And although our club is so much a part of me I realized that some New Rules had to go into effect IMMEDIATELY for me to continue as your director!

 

1.    GETTING TO CLUB ON TIME!

Starting immediately, Game 1 will begin at 5:50 PM!  

Therefore, I suggest that you get to club no later than 5:45 PM.  At 6:45 PM, the song "Rocky's Theme" will play which will announce the IMMEDIATE end of your game no matter whose turn it is.  Pens down.  It's OVER!  Your score sheets will be given to me at once so that we can be paired for our next game. 

Game 2 will then begin at 6:50 PM with the alarm sounding at 7:45 PM.

Game 3 will begin at 7:50 PM and the final alarm will go off at 8:45 PM. 

We will be out of Veterans Park before 9:00 PM so that Evelyn, the recreation center worker, doesn't have to wait for us anymore and can close the recreation center when she is supposed to!

Let me explain this a little bit more….

I don’t care if there are only a few people here at 5:45 PM.  First come, first served.  When you come in you will be paired with the person who came in right before you.  If there is an odd number of people, you will have to wait until someone else comes in and that is whom you will play…..and so on.  If you feel like you won’t have enough time to play a game that will end when the alarm sounds, you can choose not to play that game and wait for the next game to begin (but the full night’s fee will be paid).  If you end up sitting out because you were the last one in after 5:45 PM, this will not count as a “sit out” on my list.  If you are not happy with this, you are certainly free to leave.  If we are still odd after the first game, I will then use the sit-out list for the next two games. 


 2.   COMPLAINTS

This one is simple….I just don’t want to hear any more of them! 


3.   TEMPERATURE OF ROOM

If you have a problem with a hot room, please call the Rec Center earlier in the day of club to make sure that the air conditioning is working that night.  If you can't deal with having just the two fans that night, please stay home in the comfort of your own air-conditioned place.  

The Veterans Park phone number is 954-572-1459.


4.   MATCH-UPS

Don't tell me that you don't want to be matched up with any specific person.  It's not going to happen!  We try to randomly match up the first game so whomever you are randomly matched up with, you will play.  Sometimes you might be matched up randomly with the same person a few weeks in a row.  That's life.


5.    TALKING

When I am making announcements, I expect all the talking to stop so that I can be heard and we can get on with our games.  This also comes under the heading of "Common Courtesy, Consideration & Good Manners."


6.   SCORE SHEETS

Every week I get score sheets without names of opponents, without names of opponents, without bingos listed and many other errors.  From now on I will just enter what is there.

I think we can still have a fun club even with these new rules.  All you have to do is come here earlier and have some consideration for me when I am talking and not complain about things.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players who have attended our club since these New Rules have gone into effect. I am happy to say that there has been a lot of understanding and agreement with these new rules from our attending members.  Not only does our club run much smoother now but we are also able to leave in plenty of time before the recreation center closes! 

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SCRABBLE CLUB #276

CELEBRATED ITS

29TH ANNUAL SCRABBLE AWARDS NIGHT ON JANUARY 10, 2018

Oscar Red Carpet 1Awards

On January 10, twenty-five of our Scrabble Club members congregated at their meeting place in Veterans Park, Lauderhill, Florida to attend our 29th Annual Awards Night and to cheer on their fellow players as numerous awards were presented!


Once again, JED MARTINEZ cleverly prepared a Scrabble Board to welcome our members and guests to our 29th Annual Scrabble Awards night!

As is her yearly tradition, DENA WEINSTEIN sent in some of her delicious home-baked goodies - this year we were treated to yummy cupcakes - for our 29th Annual Scrabble Awards night! 
In addition, SALLY SCALZO baked mouth-watering brownies full of chocolate morsels which were incredible!!!  And in between preparing for Awards Night, your director (moi) even baked a few dozen chocolate chip cookies!  So we had plenty of treats to enjoy during the evening.

Many gifts of appreciation were presented to some of our members who help in different ways during the year and for our Annual Scrabble Club Awards night.

CHERYL LEVIN, for opening her office on Sunday late afternoon so that I can make copies of the final stats as soon as they are completed to hand out to all of our club members at Awards Night.

LARRY GRADUS for being such a helpful Assistant Director! With your assistance it makes it so much easier to run the club smoothly while still finishing in time to meet the Veterans Park's closing time of 9:00 PM.



HOWARD PISTOL, who immediately fills in whenever needed and is very helpful during the weeks when Larry is late or unable to attend.


And this year, TERESA SCHAEFFER who took the lion's share of the photos during our 29th Awards Night!







In addition, gifts were given to EVELYN and JOY, the wonderful ladies at Veterans Park,  who are so pleasant and helpful to us each week...even when we are a sometimes a little late leaving.  

After I expressed all of my thanks and appreciation, SHEREEN WEINSTEIN took the floor and on behalf of the 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 makes me feel when I read the names of the contributors on the gift card which shows me how much they appreciate all the hard work that goes into making our club such a fun place to attend all year long! 

Thanks, thank you - Page 16



I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of our club members who bring in snacks throughout the year on a regular basis--JEFF GARRETT, JED MARTINEZ, SALLY SCALZO, TERESA SCHAEFFER, MICKEY & DIANNE KAPLAN, and DENA WEINSTEIN.


LET THE
SCRABBLE AWARDS CEREMONYBEGIN!





Clapping Hands
Congratulations to all of our
2017 winners

in the following categories:

2017 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

SALLY SCALZO

8.16%!!!

L-R: Gerry Smith, John Thomason, Sally Scalzo


2nd Place - JOHN THOMASON - 7.06%
3rd Place - GERRY SMITH - 5.61%
 

And while we are on the subject of "Improvement," two 2017 PERSEVERANCE Awards (otherwise known as the "I THINK I CAN, I KNEW I COULD" awards) were presented to JED MARTINEZ and FRED WEINSTEIN who regularly attend week after week and keep plugging away whether they win or lose...and guess what?  Both of them have improved tremendously since they first attended our club!!!

2017 PERSEVERANCE AWARDS

L-R:  Fred Weinstein, Jed Martinez

2017 HIGHEST SCORING WORD

 ROBERT KAHN "TETANIZE" - 203 Pts!

(Definition:  "To affect with convulsions")



Sinc
e ROBERT KAHN was not in attendance at our 29th Scrabble Awards Night, his special prize T-Shirt (which is only aw
arded "once in a blue moon" whenever a wor
d over 200 points is scored) plus his award certificate was displayed by me.

L-R:  Howard Pistol, Gerry Smith

               2nd Place for 158 Points

GERRY SMITH - "WARTIEST"

3rd Place Tie with HIMSELF for 149 Points: 

HOWARD PISTOL - "RELIEVOS" & "POLESTAR"


During 2017 there were 64 Bamdingers* scored (with 4 being phonies)! 

*A "Bamdinger" is one word that scores 100 points or more!

A total of 24 Scrabble players who played at our club during 2017 earned Bamdinger Certificates.

Below are the winners who attended our 29th Awards Night proudly holding up their 2017 Bamdinger Certificates!

Back Row L-R:  Larry Gradus, Ian Weinstein, Jed Martinez, Marty Rosen, Roy Kamen, Howard Pistol, John Scalzo, Conor Munro
Middle Row L-R:  Maddy Kamen, Shereen Weinstein, Sally Scalzo
Front Row L-R:  Cheryl Levin (seated), Sandee Bloom, Joanne Cohen, Judy Ford, Gerry Smith, Marshall Resnick

To view these 64 Bamdingers which were scored during 2017 and also all the other 100+ words in the "Bamdinger Hall of Fame" since our records began, please click on the link below.

2017 MOST BAMDINGERS

1st Place 

IAN WEINSTEIN - 9 BAMDINGERS

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Gerry Smith, Howard Pistol

        2nd Place -  GERRY SMITH - 8 BAMDINGERS

        3rd Place - HOWARD PISTOL - 7 BAMDINGERS

                   

2017 HIGHEST SCORING GAMES 

FIRST PLACE 

  JOHN SCALZO - 593 Pts

L-R:  John Scalzo, Joanne Cohen, Ian Weinstein

2nd Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 592 Pts
3rd Place - JOANNE COHEN - 581 Pts


2017 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 EIGHT who have either reached the first plateau of winning games or have upped their levels to the next plateau. 

1000 PLATEAU AWARDS

LARRY GRADUS - 1032 Winning Games

MARTY ROSEN - 1023.5 Winning Games

L-R:  Larry Gradus, Marty Rosen


250 PLATEAU AWARDS

JOHN SCALZO - 277.5 Winning Games


100  PLATEAU AWARDS
LAURA WOLFSON- 122 Winning Games


50 PLATEAU AWARDS
DIANNE KAPLAN - 81 Winning Games
TERESA SCHAEFFER - 78.5 Winning Games
SALLY SCALZO - 66 Winning Games
L-R:  Teresa Schaeffer, Sally Scalzo
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2017 BEST BINGO AVERAGE

 1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN  2.015
2nd Place - HOWARD PISTOL          1.808
3rd Place - GERRY SMITH                1.753

L-R:  Ian Weinstein,  Howard Pistol, Gerry Smith

2017 MOST BINGOS

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 262
2nd Place - HOWARD PISTOL - 217
3rd Place - MARTY ROSEN - 193



 L-R: Ian Weinstein, Marty Rosen, Howard Pistol

2017 MOST 400+ GAMES

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 99
2nd Place - HOWARD PISTOL - 72
3rd Place - GERRY SMITH
 - 59

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Howard Pistol, Gerry Smith

2017 MOST 500+ GAMES

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 31

                       2nd Place - HOWARD PISTOL - 9

3rd Place - JOANNE COHEN - 7

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Joanne Cohen, Howard Pistol, 


2017 BIGGEST WINNING STREAK

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

2nd Place: 10 consecutive games

JOHN SCALZO

3rd Place:  8 consecutive games

HOWARD PISTOL

L-R   John Scalzo, Ian Weinstein, Howard Pistol

2017 HIGHEST AVERAGE

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 447

2nd Place - HOWARD PISTOL - 417

3rd Place - GERRY SMITH - 415

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Howard Pistol, Gerry Smith

2017 MOST WINS

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 106.5
2nd Place - JOHN THOMASON - 84
3rd Place - HOWARD PISTOL - 83.5




L-R:  Ian Weinstein, John Thomason, Howard Pistol


2017 HIGHEST WINNING PERCENTAGE

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN    .819!!!

2nd Place - HOWARD PISTOL   .696

3rd Place - JOHN SCALZO .644

L-R:  John Scalzo, Ian Weinstein, Howard Pistol


Every year I award a cash prize to the first player who scores the first Bamdinger
 in the new year
.  Sometimes this might take a few weeks, but on the first night that we were in session, January 3, 2018, JOHN THOMASON didn't waste any time and in the evening's first game scored the first "bamdinger" of the year when he played "AQUAVITS" for 119 points against his opponent, Gerry Smith.  The definition of "AQUAVITS" is "a Scandinavian liquor."

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. 

This year I've decided to help every member at our club win many of their games during 2018 with "Good Picks" Hand Sanitizer.


Here's looking forward to another fun year at our Scrabble Club and wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2018!












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to see what has been happening at Scrabble Club 276 during the months of October 2017 through December 2017!



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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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