The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary Mass Market Paperback – 25 Jul 1996
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New edition of the scrabble player's dictionary includes over 100 words not previously listed, and North American spelling variants
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In Britain, Scrabble is played by Chambers' "Official Scrabble Words", based upon the latest edition of the Chambers Dictionary. In the US they base their word list upon Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, and all club and tournament games are played using the contents of that lexicon, but without any possibly offensive words.
Hence, the contents of the OSPD (this book) are the exact words allowed in official games of Scrabble in America - like it or lump it, that's the way the Yanks play it.
This book should not really be bought or used by anyone outside of the US - players in Britain should use Chambers' Official Scrabble Words instead, since this is the official British word source.
For example the plural of "bijou" (a jewel) is either "bijoux" or "bijous," and the OSPD gives that info. The gerund of "snib" (to latch) is "snibbing" while the comparative of "sleazy" is "sleazier" and the superlative, "sleaziest." There is also the adverb, "sleazily."
The -er form of a word is listed separately. If you don't find it, it's not a word!--or at least that should be our agreement. For example "renown" is a noun and a verb but there is no "renowner"--"someone who makes renown" since the verb is intransitive, but there is a "tearer"--"one who tears." (There's also a "terror," but never mind.)
By the way, words beginning with the prefix "re" as in, e.g., "reword" are listed separately from words that begin with the "re" that is not a prefix. Again, "renown" is not listed after "rename" but follows "renovate" a few pages later.
The other peculiarities of the entries are explained in the Introduction, which I highly recommend you read. (Be sure your informed opponent has read it!) There it is explained why "You should look always look at several entries above and below the expected place..." when searching for the word in question. You should also read the brief Preface in which the editors explain why some offensive (especially four-letter) words do not appear.Read more ›
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Useful dictionary, use frequently and serves its purpose. Good condition and worth the money. Just need scrabble turn table now!Published on 22 Feb. 2014 by sheilaanne
I chose the rating because of the price of the product and service and when I recommend it to be used by family and friends I will be recommending it 2 peoplePublished on 7 Aug. 2013 by C. Webster
A very useful book of words.
I think it's produced in America, so it's not English, it's Americanish, ha ha, but very useful when I'm playing Scrabble with my elderly... Read more
Disputes will easily be settled with this wonderful book, and there are no offensive terms in this version (although I wonder why they took out words like "fatso" and... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 1999
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