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Product Details

  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam Webster Mass Market; 5 New edition (August 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877798222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877798224
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great reference for any Scrabble player.
Cheryl A.
Great new dictionary now all the scrabble games online for example words with friends need to incorporate the new words also!
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Nice large print, easy to read,well made!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By G. McFatridge on August 21, 2014
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This edition is intended for use in school and recreational play and lacks tens of thousands of words that can be officially played in tournament and club play. If you're ok with that then this book may be fine for you.

Buyers should be aware that this book is just a "sanitized" (and thus shortened) version of the official tournament play words list. You will not find in this book many of the expletives and slang that everyone knows (and of course many that they don't know :) ).

This is not a dictionary/word list for a serious Scrabble player. This is instead a book to be used by folks that like to play word games such as Scrabble but are easily offended by the mere existence of some words in our language that they may find offensive.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ELIZ75LEI on August 22, 2014
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The print is so small that I have to use a magnifing glass even with my glasses on. Also, it is thick & narrow, so it is hard to use. I am disappointed; it is not user friendly.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Vail on August 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Another "Scrabble official word list" paperback book publication called "The Official Tournament and Club Word List (2014 Edition) (OTCWL2014)" is available at Official Tournament and Club Word List - 2014 Edition
Includes words of 2 to 15 letters, but no definitions. And is only available via membership in North American SCRABBLE Players Association.
Note: The older 2005 edition is listed for sale here: National Scrabble Association Official Tournament and Club Word List
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne S. Headley on August 17, 2014
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This new dictionary will change your scrabble playing. I'm having fun discovering all the new words that are now possible. I do miss those handy little lists of two-letter words and various other aids that the larger dictionaries contained.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle Jolly VINE VOICE on September 9, 2014
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If you're a avid Scrabble player, you definitely need this book! There are over 5,000 new words. (It's fun just to flip through it.) It also has new words that are now part of our vocabulary, It also has a short addenda listing Q words where Q is not followed by U, 2-7 letter words without AEIOU vowels, and 2-6 letter words with J,Q,X, or Z.

The book I read is paperback and 728 pages + the addenda. It's really a big help if you are a serious player.

I recommend highly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Larsen on August 14, 2014
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We have two earlier editions that were about to fall apart waiting for these. It is very noticeable that there are quite a few new words in these. So start studying so you can stay competitive. Or just cheat and look at these books, might be easier to learn that way.
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36 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Evan R. Koch on August 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
I gave this one star because as a semipro Scrabble player myself AND a designer of word games similar to Scrabble I am DISGUSTED by the fact that what SHOULD have been done was NOT done. I am not sure what makes me smarter (and by "smarter" I am talking about bottom line common sense, the way Forrest Gump was "smarter" than all of the politicians who were in favor of the Vietnam war, I know I am not technically smarter than these people). Right now I will list what SHOULD have happened.

1. The "official tournament and club word list" includes every word up to NINE letters, yet the jerks who wrote this book only include words up to 8 letters. Is that some kind of veiled insult to anyone who is not part of the tournament club scene? Pretty presumptuous to assume "regular" people cannot play words longer than 8 letters. It is well past time that this dictionary goes to nine letters instead of 8.

2. What a headache it will be to track down all the "new" words. At the very beginning before the regular dictionary starts with AA there should be all of the new words listed alphabetically with no definitions and small print just so that active players like me can make the necessary adjustments, it would probably only be a few pages. In addition to that, to help players adjust to the new words all new words should be printed in a different font than the other words. This was not done.

3. Every time a new edition is printed there are some words that were allowed in the previous edition that are no longer allowed. To help seasoned players like myself make the adjustment there should be a section early in the book that lists all of the words that were "expunged" meaning in the previous edition but not the new one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roberta M. Keenan on August 31, 2014
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Too many new words are messing up the language and just when I thought it was safe to go into higher competition! The book is what it says it is and I'm glad to have it in case of disputes with my spouse over my sometimes imaginative spelling. I am not unfamiliar with the book -- have used the prior edition for some time and it is the final authority here (in Scrabble, that is). Every Scrabble player needs the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, whether or not it works in their favor.
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