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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."


Columbia Magazine

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Scrabble prodigy Mack Meller minds his Ps and Qs, catches a few Zs, and is never at a loss for words.

by Paul Hond Published Winter 2017

Illustration by Dave Wheeler

In 2011, Mack Meller went to Stamford, Connecticut, for a Scrabble tournament. In the first round, as he was settling in, the tournament director interrupted play for an announcement. This was highly irregular. But the news warranted it: Joel Sherman, a forty-nine-year-old former world champion from the Bronx, had just finished a game with 803 points — a new world record in tournament play and the first time a tournament player had ever broken 800.

Meller and his opponent, having stopped their clocks (in tournament Scrabble each player is allotted twenty-five minutes to make all of his or her plays), placed their tiles face down and walked over to Sherman’s board. So did lots of other players. Meller couldn’t believe it. Eight hundred! That was Scrabble’s holy grail. Sherman had used all seven of his letters — called a “bingo” and good for fifty extra points — seven times.

It was a feat for the ages, but Sherman didn’t win the tournament. Meller did. He was eleven years old.

It’s Thursday night, and Meller, now a lanky, sociable seventeen-year-old Columbia first-year, leaves his room in Furnald Hall and heads for the subway. He carries his Scrabble traveling bag, which contains a round board, a chess clock, and a drawstring sack filled with exactly one hundred yellow plastic tiles. He gets out in Midtown and walks to a fifteen-story building at Lexington and East 58th, where, in a room on the twelfth floor, the Manhattan Scrabble Club holds its weekly rodeo.

“One of the great things about being at Columbia, aside from the outstanding academics and a diverse peer group, is the proximity to the club,” says Meller, who is the top-rated under-eighteen Scrabble player in North America, a distinction he has held since age twelve. “You get to play against some of the best players in the world.”

The Scrabble room is located inside the Honors Bridge Club. It has beige walls, waiting-room art, fluorescent lights. About twenty Scrabble players, women and men, sit at blond wooden tables, hunched over boards. There is an out-of-time quality to the scene, faint flavors of a bygone canasta night at Grossinger’s or the Concord. Meller, bright-eyed, mild-mannered, palpably well-adjusted, strikes the room’s most contemporary note. You might never guess that in this den of hardened, seen-it-all Scrabblers, Meller, not yet of voting age, is the deadliest.

Meller first stepped foot in the club at age ten. His parents drove him to the city from Bedford in Westchester County, where he grew up. That year, he played in his first tournament — and lost the first game. “I was demoralized and very rattled,” Meller says. “I had to really stay focused to claw my way back.” He nailed seven straight victories and won the tournament. “Even more valuable than winning was having to come back from losing the first game,” Meller says. “Whether it’s through making a mistake or just poor luck, you’re going to have bad games. You can’t dwell on it or you’ll continue to go south.”

Though Meller prefers live competition and the touch of the tiles under his fingertips, he has played untold hours of virtual Scrabble, either online against humans or against Quackle, the Deep Blue of Scrabble software. His own mind is computer-like: of the 120,000 words in the Scrabble lexicon, some 90 percent are filed between Meller’s ears. Lately, he’s been studying nine-letter words (requiring letters already on the board), a rarity in Scrabble and “not the most productive use of my time,” Meller admits. “But I love the long words, and when I do get to play them it’s really rewarding.”

At seven o’clock, the club’s director, Joel Sherman — the Joel Sherman, thin and spectral, Poe-like in aspect — calls out the first matchups. Meller will play Debbie Stegman ’85BUS.

Stegman, a former vice president of human resources at Time Warner, has been ranked as high as forty-second in the country. She grew up on Long Island playing Scrabble with her mother and grandmother. “One big rule in our family, for any games, was that you don’t let the kid win,” she says. “So I would lose 310–112. But I knew that the first time that I won, I really won. And it was awesome.” She began playing in tournaments in 2000 — the year Meller was born — and reached her peak rating while between jobs (“Unemployment does wonders for your Scrabble game”).

She remembers Meller’s precocious debut at the club. “Mack never played the first word that he saw, even at a very young age. It’s a tendency for any player, let alone a young person. You get so excited: ‘Oh, I have a seven-letter word and can get sixty-two,’ and you don’t even look to see that you could get ninety-five. Mack gets the ninety-five.”

Now, over the table, Meller wishes Stegman good luck, and in a moment the room fills with the ear-perking percussion of tiles rattling in their pouches. 

Mack Meller / Photographs by Jeffrey Saks

When architect Alfred Butts of Queens, a lover of crosswords, chess, and jigsaw puzzles, invented Scrabble in 1938, he could not have foreseen players like Meller, let alone the game’s explosion in popularity, or its rise to the upper firmament of cerebral, universal board games like chess and go. The first tournaments were held in 1973 in Brooklyn and the Catskills, and while New York is still Scrabble’s nerve center, world-class players have emerged in Australia, Nigeria, and even non-English-speaking countries like Thailand. Players are rated by the Elo system, the same formula used in chess. An “expert” rating is 1600, which Meller reached at age eleven, making him the youngest expert on record.Players use a score sheet to keep track of the letters still available, and hit their clocks after completing each play. Meller goes first, with JOLTY for thirty points. Then it’s a war of words: GLOOP, TROILITE, AMOEBAS. The room grows quiet, and the only sound is the clicking of tiles being rearranged on the racks. Stegman bingos with RESHINE for eighty points. Across the room, someone calls out “Challenge,” and Joel Sherman, a thick Scrabble dictionary in his hand, springs from his desk at the front and moves to the table like a filing to a magnet. Meller bingos with PINCERS, the last three letters attaching to H, ODE, and PAR to form EH, RODE, and SPAR, for a score of eighty-seven.

“What I love most about Scrabble are the mathematical and the strategic elements, and also the randomness factor,” Meller says. “There are so many different possibilities. In chess, it’s always the same openings, the same positions. In Scrabble, no two games are the same. I doubt two Scrabble games have ever been identical after the second play.”

Scrabble is not simply a word game. As journalist Stefan Fatsis, author of the best-selling Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players, says, “Scrabble is a math game. It’s about probability, board geometry, spatial relations, and pattern recognition. The best players, like Mack, have beautiful mathematical minds. They are assessing a pile of information: the score, their tiles, the unseen tiles, the layout of the board, and the amount of time left on the clock. They are searching for, and choosing from, a handful of plays, and deciding how each one will affect their likelihood of winning. And they make those calculations in seconds.”

Like many top players, Meller is also adept at chess, and might have gone in that direction early on, if he hadn’t felt so warmly at home in Scrabbleville. “It’s a tight-knit community, with people of all sorts of backgrounds and ages,” Meller says. “I’m good friends with a lot of different people. One of the things I love about the community is that everyone’s so supportive of each other and always willing to offer advice.”

“There is a tremendous intellectual camaraderie at the top of this game,” says Fatsis, who is ranked 184th in North America, “and when someone like Mack walks into this world, the players want to nurture him. They saw his genius immediately and embraced it. And they became like a family to the Mellers.”

Clearly, Meller found his tribe. At tournaments he’ll often room with friends, and after games they’ll all go out together and talk about Scrabble and give each other word puzzles.

“Once, after a tournament, we went out to eat,” Meller says. “A friend noticed a bottle of ketchup on the table and said, ‘What’s the shortest word containing all the letters in “ketchup” that’s not related to ketchup?’ We all thought about it for a while, and finally somebody found it: it’s ‘superthick.’” Meller hastens to add, “I was not the one who found it.” He smiles. “That was a great puzzle,” he says.

Meller, who was homeschooled, began playing Scrabble at age five. Within a few years he was going round for round with the grownups, including his Scrabble-savvy father. This prompted his mother to call a Scrabble expert and teacher named Cornelia Guest, who ran a kids’ Scrabble club at a library in Ridgefield, Connecticut, a thirty-minute drive from Bedford.

“I got a call from Jessica Meller, who said another parent had suggested she get in touch because her son is really good at Scrabble,” says Guest, with a wry inflection that indicates this is the sort of call she receives often. “I said, ‘Let me play a couple of games with him online.’” They played, and Guest found that Meller was missing a lot of words — he simply didn’t know them. But his instincts were sharp. Guest invited Meller to the class, and they played a game.

“I saw a nice S hook and I had an S, so I was excited,” Guest says. “Then Mack, who also had an S, used it to make a play over two double-word scores. I thought, Whoa. He could also calculate the scoring instantly. I beat him in that game just because I knew more, but after that class I said to the librarian, ‘This kid is probably the best I’ve ever seen.’ I just knew right away. He loved words, loved the math, loved the other kids. Loved the game.”

That June, before summer break, Guest gave Meller 350 flash cards of seven- and eight-letter words containing five vowels, like ABOULIA (an absence of willpower) and EUPNOEA (normal breathing). By the time Meller returned in September, he had memorized them all. And now that he knew the words, and everybody knew he knew them, he could bluff — could play an invalid word with the confidence that no one would challenge him, since losing a challenge carries a stiff penalty.

Meller had moved beyond the class. Guest, seeing what she had on her hands, referred the Mellers to three-time national champion Joe Edley, who gave Meller some lessons. One day, Fatsis, the scribe of Scrabble, got an e-mail from Edley saying, “I have found the next champion. And he’s ten years old.”

Joel Sherman saw it, too. “I was at Mack’s first tournament, in Albany, and he destroyed the lowest division,” Sherman says. “He was a standout. He’s very quick and patient and analytic, and totally focused on trying to make the best play at all times. The luck factor — the letters you draw or don’t draw — makes it possible for you to play a perfect game and still lose. You have to continuously focus on making those best plays, and more often than not, making the best plays will result in a win.”

In games, Meller projects pure composure: he is serene, unflappable — what Sherman calls “the perfect temperament.” Win or lose, he loves nothing more than to analyze a game afterward with his opponent. He’s more interested in process than his personal feats. But he knows his numbers. His highest score in a tournament game is 670; only twenty-five tournament players in North America have cracked 700. His highest-scoring play was the time he dropped OBLIQUED across two triple-word scores for 230 points. And his rating of 2076 places him fifth on the continent.

Before there was Mack Meller, there was Dan Goldman ’04CC. Like Meller, Goldman began playing with his family at age five. He joined a Scrabble club in Manhattan, and at ten, the year his family moved to Westchester, he played in his first tournament.

“I loved words at an early age,” says Goldman, who works as in-house counsel and strategic planner for several of the holdings of a New York–based venture capitalist. “I was also very interested in math, and intrigued by the probabilistic and statistical aspects of the game. And I loved the intellectual challenge and engagement of matching wits against highly intelligent people in a game that, the more I played, revealed more and more strategic layers.”

“After that class I said to the librarian, ‘This kid is probably the best I've ever seen.’”

While at Columbia, Goldman was the top-ranked under twenty-one player in the country. He was wordsmacked, letterstruck, and found particular rapture in Michael Seidel’s James Joyce classes. “I’d spent so much time as a kid looking at odd sequences of letters and strange words, and Joyce was obviously a writer who was obsessed with and immersed in the intricacies of the language,” Goldman says. “You’ll see neologisms and ‘portmanteau’ words — words put together. I found it magical. I’d stare at Finnegans Wake and think of what combination of obscure words Joyce tried to anagram together.”

Good anagramming ability is key for Scrabble, Goldman says. “Players will study combinations of letters that they know how to unscramble in their heads under time pressure — for instance, A-E-I-G-L-N-R-T makes ALTERING, INTEGRAL, RELATING, ALERTING, TANGLIER, and TRIANGLE. If you can see these patterns quickly, you can spend more time on strategy.”

Goldman went on to law school and no longer had time for competitive Scrabble. But he’s kept an eye on the old domain.

"What Mack has accomplished is extraordinarily impressive," Goldman says. “In whatever he chooses to do, he has the whole world before him.”

At the club, Meller and Stegman finish their game (final score: Meller 457, Stegman 406). Then they go back and dissect their final moves, taking back letters, undoing the architecture, exploring alternate structures and destinies. After a couple more games, Meller says his goodbyes and heads back up to campus.

It’s been a busy first semester. Meller is figuring out how to make time for all his interests while carrying a full load, including a physics course on general relativity and a math course called Modern Analysis, which he describes as “kind of like very rigorous proof-based calculus.” He plans to major in math or astrophysics — or both. But Scrabble night remains a priority. He’s even begun attending the Tuesday-night meet-ups of the Columbia Chess Club — on a strictly casual basis. “I hadn’t played chess in eight years,” he says.

As for official Scrabble tournaments, Meller’s last one was the 2017 North American championship, held this past July in New Orleans. Meller finished second to his friend Will Anderson, a thirty-two-year-old textbook editor from southeast Pennsylvania. But being a college student inevitably means less time to travel to tournaments, and so it’s by a stroke of luck that a tournament is coming to Meller, to be held during midterms inside a games café called Hex & Company, on Broadway at West 111th — just four blocks from Furnald Hall. The café is a board-game emporium for people who like to roll dice and turn up cards and draw tiles from bags. The tournament director is Cornelia Guest, Meller’s first mentor. Joel Sherman will be there to play. So will Joe Edley. Meller’s father, Noel, will also be competing.

“My dad hasn’t really studied anything beyond two-letter words, but he enjoys playing, and he’s very good at finding bingos on his rack,” Meller says. “I’ve convinced him to play a couple of one-day tournaments, so it’s a lot of fun.”

In some ways, then, the tournament at Hex & Company will be a homecoming — a letter-perfect touch. It will spell out exactly what Meller means when he says, as he often does, “Scrabble is about so much more than the actual game.”





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.


Clapping Hands
Congratulations to all of our
2017 winners

in the following categories:




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!!!


L-R:  Fred Weinstein, Jed Martinez



(Definition:  "To affect with convulsions")

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


3rd Place Tie with HIMSELF for 149 Points: 


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.


1st Place 


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

        2nd Place -  GERRY SMITH - 8 BAMDINGERS

        3rd Place - HOWARD PISTOL - 7 BAMDINGERS




  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
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. 


LARRY GRADUS - 1032 Winning Games

MARTY ROSEN - 1023.5 Winning Games

L-R:  Larry Gradus, Marty Rosen


JOHN SCALZO - 277.5 Winning Games

LAURA WOLFSON- 122 Winning Games

DIANNE KAPLAN - 81 Winning Games
TERESA SCHAEFFER - 78.5 Winning Games
SALLY SCALZO - 66 Winning Games
L-R:  Teresa Schaeffer, Sally Scalzo


 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


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, 


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

2nd Place: 10 consecutive games


3rd Place:  8 consecutive games


L-R   John Scalzo, Ian Weinstein, Howard Pistol


1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 447

2nd Place - HOWARD PISTOL - 417

3rd Place - GERRY SMITH - 415

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


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


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!


Click on this link Club News Page
to see what has been happening at Scrabble Club 276 during the months of October 2017 through December 2017!


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]
TEC a detective [n -S]
TES plural of the new TE
TIX tickets [n/pl]
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
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
SKOL to skoal (to drink to the health of) [v -ED -ING -S] alcohol.txt
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
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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"The Last Word" - Club News: Scrabble Club 276 



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It's a bird.  It's a plane!  No, it's Letter Man!

To hone your skills as a Scrabbler, Letter Man (aka Gary Moss) will fight for justice and the American way of life by giving you some pointers in each of his Letter Man episodes.

 Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3 , Lesson 4 ,
Lesson 5 , Lesson 6 , Lesson 7, Lesson 8,
Lesson 9, Lesson 10,Lesson 11,
Lesson 12


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