What is Scrabble Dictionary or Wordlist
Games like Scrabble rely on a set of wordlist based on country, even there is a specific wordlist for Scrabble played in school called School Scrabble approved by NASPA(North American Scrabble Players Association).
Altogether English-language Scrabble is played to two lexica or wordlist, depending on the country. The below map shows countries according to the lexicon they use. Currently, 48 countries use the official CSW (represented in green) dictionary, and 3 countries use officially approved NASPA word lists(NWL), with some CSW words. These countries, shown in blue, are Canada, Thailand, and the United States.
Scrabble Playing Countries
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Below are the different dictionaries or wordlist used in a different part of the world while playing the Scrabble board game.
NASPA Word List
The NASPA Word List (NWL) has been the official word list reference for Scrabble play in the United States and Canada since March 1, 2019. NWL replaced the Official Tournament and Club Word List (OTCWL). This dictionary is maintained by the NASPA Dictionary Committee.
NWL's latest wordlist took effect in 2019 by the NASPA Dictionary Committee. The committee added and removed some words and now it has 192,111 words in the official word list.
- French (Francophone Scrabble) has 402,324 words based on ODS, L'Officiel du Scrabble. Francophone Scrabble wordlist is used in the World Scrabble Championships in French.
- Romania (Lista Oficiala de Cuvinte) has 610,767 words based on Lista Oficiala de Cuvinte (LOC). Lista Oficiala de Cuvinte is the official list used in tournaments in Romania.
- Dutch Scrabble Word List (SWL) has 652,000 words approved by Scrabble Bond Nederland (SBNL).
- Spanish has 635,270 words based on Lexicon 2, the official list used by the International Federation of Scrabble in Spanish.
- OSPS has 2,629,855 words in Oficjalny Slownik Polskiego Scrabblisty, the official Polish Scrabble dictionary.
- Italian (PARO) has 674,769 words in the Italian dictionary, an unofficial word list. There is no official Scrabble dictionary for the Italian language.
NASPA School Word List
The NASPA School Word List (NSWL), earlier known as School Scrabble Word List (SSWL), is the official word list used in School Scrabble competitions.
The wordlist is adopted from the regular NASPA Word List (NWL) that are considered appropriate for school use.
SOWPODS or CSW Word List
The SOWPODS which is commonly referred to as Collins Scrabble Words (CSW), is a word list used in the UK and rest of the world for playing Scrabble word games. The CSW word list contains almost all of the words found in OTCWL16(Official Tournament and Club Word List 2016), as well as a large number of other English words from around the world.
Did you know, the name SOWPODS is an anagram of the word OSW & OSPD. The words OSW and OSPD is an abbreviation of two lexicons the British Official Scrabble Words, and the American Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
Collins first published in CSW wordlist in 2007 and subsequently updated in the year 2012, 2015, and 2019.
- NASPA has approved official games played in the CSW lexicon in a different CSW rating system since January 2010.
- The first 2012 edition was in effect until August 31, 2015; the 2015 edition took effect on September 1, 2015, till June 2019.
- The latest 2019 edition took effect on July 1, 2019, and in CSW ( Collins Scrabble Words) contains a total of 279,496 words officially approved.
Words with Friends
Words with Friends (WWF) is another very popular game available today. Its wordlist is based on the Enhanced North American Benchmark Lexicon (ENABLE) dictionary. ENABLE has a total of 172,820 words officially approved and ZYNGA added new 50,000 internet slang words, including BFF, fitspo, delish, FOMO, hangry, kween, smize, TFW, turnt, twerk, yas – as well as bae and bestie.