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CHAT: Scrabble (was Dutch "ij")

From:Tony Hogard <james.hogard@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 17, 2002, 22:03
Tim May:
> Nik Taylor writes: > > Tim May wrote: > > > Qabalah, qanat, qawwali, qi, qibla, qigong and qintar are in > the New > > > Oxford. Everything else I can see is a proper noun or an > abbreviation > > > (is Qabalah proper? It's capitalized). Oh, and qwerty is at > the back > > > of q. I'd count that as an abbreviation, although I guess it's > a grey > > > area. > > > > Okay, there are a *few* examples. But, I think those would count > as > > foreign words, which are illegal in Scrabble. Of course, > "foreign word" > > is a rather grey area, as numerous debates with my mother during > > Scrabble games attest. :-) > > > > They're certainly foreign words, but they are in the dictionary, and > thus now words in English. Is there as specific dictionary the > authority of which is recognized by serious Scrabble players?
From the official rules: "All words labeled as part of speech {including those listed of foreign origin, archaic, obsolete, colloquial, slang, etc.} are permitted with the exception of the following {words always capitalized, abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes standing alone, words requiring a hypen or apostrophe}." Merriam-Webster publishes an Official Tournament & Club Word List used by the National Scrabble Association. M-W's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition is the preferred reference otherwise. -T1o1n1e1