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Scrabble Dictionary (Collins Gem) Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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Included letter names: AR EF; Excldued letter names: EM EN ES
Included Greek letters: ALPHA GAMMA CHI; Excluded Greek letters: BETA PHI
Included Interjections: AH HI OI UM - excluded interjections AW EH ER.
XI and XU are mentioned in an introduction but are not listed.. and so on.
The Chambers Family Dictionary is a much better book for family Scrabble.
It is certainly not a comprehensive list of allowed words and you get the impression that Collins GEM got the office junior to knock it out in the coffee break! Word entries are mixed together in some cases.
Would recommend you just buy a normal dictionary.
It has a very strange choice of words. For example it doesn't include the word 'zen', but it does include 'sarmies' (apparently that's a common abbreviation for sandwich, like 'sarnies').
It's full of oddities like that, but this is the lexicon any computerised Scrabble game uses. So if you want to play Scrabble on your DS or PC, this book is the list of acceptable words.
This book does help when you've only got a Q, X and P left, but my primary use for it is checking that the bizarre words my computerised opponent plays aren't just spelling errors in the program!
I realise that some only want a quick reference for playing Scrabble socially, but this is a very poor one to use and is best avoided.