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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster; 4 edition (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877794200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877794202
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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588 of 710 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Pratt on November 8, 2005
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For example, the back cover declares "Features more than 100,000 two-to-eight-letter words, including 4,000 new entries." But there are only about 84,000 such words, of which only around 3,200 are new, even if you treat "entries" as synonymous with "words" in this context.

The front flap claims "All entries are included in a single alphabetical list". If only. While TIDIES and TIDIEST appear together, UNTIDIES and UNTIDIEST do not. REPP and REPPED appear together, but REPPING must be found elsewhere. If you're trying to figure out which of LASER MASER TASER forms a word when spelled backward, you'll probably need to look in more than two places.

The claim that "Main entries include a brief definition (especially useful for less common words)" is open to question. ENOPHILE is defined "oenophile", URSID "a mammal of the family Ursidae"; many are simply defined "a mineral" or "a chemical". However, some are good. GLUCINUM: "a metallic element"?! One of the worst is BENZIDIN, "a hydrocarbon", which will come as a surprise to the nitrogens in the molecule; the spelling has been outdated for decades.

It is true that the book is endorsed by the National Scrabble Association (NSA), and the widely respected publisher Merriam is just reporting what NSA wants. Please don't shoot the messenger. Indeed, Merriam dissuaded NSA from dozens of forms even sillier than the ones highlighted in this review, which unfortunately are only a sampling. Left to its own devices, Merriam could no doubt come up with something much nicer.

The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (OSPD) is a compilation of words from twelve U.S. college dictionaries from the last four decades.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By TMF on June 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
So the most interesting thing about this new version of the Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary is the newly added group of words. Unfortunately, none of the new words are indicated in the book in any way. The hard back does have additional helpful word lists in the nback that the paperback does not, such as 2-5 letter words using J,Z,Q, etc.

I would have appreciated a star next to new words or something to that effect. I would also specifically like to know what all the new 2 and 3 letter words are. Overall, this is of course a must for the avid scrabble player, but I'd would like a better description of the methods they used to update it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Palmer on January 15, 2006
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No serious Scrabble can be without this book. The section listing all the Q words that have no U in them is worth the entire investment. Don't even think about it.

Bruce Palmer

Charlotte, VT
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reise O'Reilly on June 5, 2008
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While it's nice to have an "official" book around when playing, I've always found that any agreed-upon dictionary works just as well--if not better. Also it's a pain to carry a book around, so I'd rather just define the "official" dictionary with whatever dictionary is handy. And now with the internet, it's just as easy to check an online dictionary.

Then again I play scrabble purely for amusement. Perhaps more hardcore players have valid reasons for needing an "official" Scrabble dictionary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Bates on February 28, 2006
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My wife and I play Scrabble frequently, but we're strictly amateurs. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary has served well to prevent bloodshed, divorce, and other tragic and expensive potential outcomes of playing the game without an objective arbiter.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Librarian Man on August 15, 2012
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I grew up loving Scrabble. It was an excellent means of vocabulary development and learning, and an enjoyable one too. I credit the game with immersing me in the standard dictionaries of the day and preparing me for a career that involves extensive reading and rhetoric. No longer. As a result of this foolish dictionary that combs the world for obscure, foreign, and academically unrecognized two-letter words (qi and xu are not English words), foolish abbreviations and slang (enuf and za are not words at all) and silly onomatopoeia (mm and zzz are not words either), the game is no longer about vocabulary development, but about memorizing a list of non-standard letter combinations the meaning of which no one knows and about which no one cares.

If you are a philologist, do not buy this book. It will stunt and warp your vocabulary development and strip a fine game of its original intent and value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Dupont on December 24, 2008
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This book has BI QI and numerous other words not accepted in a normal dictionary. But I have found many words in other dictionaries not in this one. So I felt betrayed. However it makes the game more fun. But not enough effort went into it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AlaskanGypsyLee on April 6, 2012
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I was very disappointed with my purchase. There is no "find" feature. Unlike a regular hardbound book, you are unable to flip through it to get to the general location of the word you are searching for. It is very time consuming to flip pages in a digital format, to locate your word. I have no use for this book. I have found on-line dictionaries more useful for playing scrabble.
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