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1.0 out of 5 stars American dictionary and made up words, 23 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Scrabble 2009 (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
Selling a game in the UK with an American dictionary is unforgivable. "Sinched" instead of "Cinched", for example. Plus it just doesn't understand the rules of English. For example, one opponent put Foen. The scrolling dictionary showed "Foe, n, an enemy or adversary", but foen is not a word! Another example - an opponent put "Towier". It says "Tow vb drag, esp by means of a rope", but again, towier is just not a word.

This makes it incredibly frustrating as your opponents can put in any old rubbish whilst you obviously only know valid words.
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2012 11:08:18 BDT
"Foen" and "towier" are not "made up" words - they, like a great many other words in the official UK Scrabble dictionaries, are merely archaic, obsolete or obscure. "Foen" is a Middle English plural of "foe" (still relevant today, as Spenser uses it repeatedly) and "towier" means "more like tow (scutched flax fibres)", so while these words may not have complete currency, they are certainly not "made up".

As for the dictionary used, as far as I can tell, it uses CSW07, as one would expect: "foen" is not valid under the most comprehensive North American tournament word list, OWL2, so there's no possibility that the game is using an American one. I don't know what's going on with "sinched", as it isn't valid under any English Scrabble dictionary (check Zyzzyva).
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