|Update! OSPD4! There are now 101 acceptable 2-letter words...|
with the addition of
|The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary Fourth Edition (OSPD4) was published in 2005, with "4,000 new entries". Among these are five new 2-letter words, FE, KI, OI, QI, ZA, of major importance in the game. These changes should revolutionize scores, making the Q and Z much easier to play. [2/14/06]|
There is no question but that you must know all 101 if you want to play competitive Scrabble®. Not just to use them yourself, but to recognize whether your opponent is in fact using a legal word.
The table below shows them all, along with which ones can take the addition of "-s". (It doesn't necessarily mean that it's the plural form of the word - only that adding "-s" makes a legal word.)
26 of them are in gray, as they are common words which don't have to be learned:
[am, an, as, at, ax, be, by, do, go, he, if, in, is, it, me, my, no, of, on, or, ox, so, to, up, us, we]
(However, many of these are uncommon when "-s" is added, so they'll have to be studied later. )
The 101 2-letter words
Organizing the "hard words" by meaning
8 high value words with J K Q X Z
7 Notes of the Musical Scale
Though DO and SO are too common to think about, they're also among the
8 Letters of the English Alphabet
8 are names for letters of the English alphabet, (a f l m n r s x). (You can make a mnemonic sentence for this, like "A film lover may need really strong xrays" or something similar you can call on to help you remember.)
Except for EX (which naturally requires "-es") they all take "-s":
2 Mom & Pop
2 words are "mom and pop" (the third,
18 are interjections. You may not think of them as "real words", but the OSPD does. These may take a little memorizing:
3 of these have no vowels: HM, MM, SH.
4 end in -H: AH, EH, OH, UH.
11 are reversible: AH/HA, EH/HE, ER/RE, OH/HO, OW/WO, OY/YO, TA/AT, UM/MU
9 Shortened Forms
2 Oldish English
5 slightly slangy
4 names of Greek letters
2 psychological words
5 with no consonants
Only these 12 hard "foreign" words to memorize
Looking at it this way, you ought to be able to remember the 101 2-letter words with just a few minutes practice each day for a week.
How to practice? Study these charts, take a pencil and paper and try to write out the 101 words! Keep doing it till you can.
"Guaranteed" to add an average of 50 points to your game!
Next step: learn which ones take -s!
What do these 2-letter words have in common?: AH, AL, AS, BA, BO, BY, IN, IS, IT, LA, MA, MI, MU, NA, NE answer
from Steven Alexander's Scrabble FAQ:
As of March 1998, club and tournament play in North America use an unexpurgated lexicon, including all two- to nine-letter words and inflections, titled "Official Tournament and Club Word List" (but generally known as "TWL" or "TWL98"), sold only to members of NSA. Send $9.95 plus sales tax for AR, CA, MA, OH or WA, specifying membership number, to
P.O. Box 281
Springfield, MA 01102
(800) 201-5029 x100
(413) 734-3134 x100
or $13.95 CAD in Canada, to
Thomas Allen & Son, Ltd
AH, AL, AS, BA, BO, BY, IN, IS, IT, LA, MA, MI, MU, NA, NE
along with DO, GO, HA, ID, PE, RE, SH, WE, YE
all make 3-letter words starting with A!
RevolverMap added Nov. 9, 2009