As an old dog playing Scrabble in tournament play since the mid '90's, I am very sorry to see that the new OWL (Official Word Listing) list in effect since 2006 will be changing at the end of the year. Over 5,000 new words will be added. Sigh...this old dog is rolling over. Even more information to try to pack in between brain neurons and synapses.
According to a well written post here, the new acceptable two letter words are not just baby talk. The four two letter words that will be allowed in tournament play effective December 1, 2014,DA GI PO TE, are going to change tournament play.
Just for your information, here is the existing list of acceptable two letter words, with thanks to The Phrontistery. (He has an extensive listing of Scrabble words for cloth and fabric that is fascinating.)
AA AB AD AE AG AH AI AL AM AN AR AS AT AW AX AY BA BE BI BO BY DE DO ED EF EH EL EM EN ER ES ET EX FA FE GO HA HE HI HM HO ID IF IN IS IT JO KA KI LA LI LO MA ME MI MM MO MU MY NA NE NO NU OD OE OF OH OI OM ON OP OR OS OW OX OY PA PE PI QI RE SH SI SO TA TI TO UH UM UN UP US UT WE WO XI XU YA YE YO ZA To give you the full flavor experience in a small shot, these are the new three-letter words that are are back hooks for those new two-letter words: DAS DEP DOH EMO EST FAH GIF GIS HOM HOO LAH LOR MAM MEH MES MMM MOI MUX NAV NUG OIK OMA OPA ORG OWT PAK POS REZ SHO SIG SOC SOH TEC TES TIX TIZ UMS UNI YAS YER YEZ.
Wordologists are cleverly at work creating a new listing of all the new words. Seattle and its Scrabble club are well on the way to creating their own list, but it will be a while before all of us catch up on a complete listing. A new OWL dictionary is not yet available, although you can buy an updated Scrabble Players Dictionary for non-tournament play.
(Remembering my 149 point play of "m-u-t-i-l-a-t-e" in 2009 in a Calgary tournament: post here.)
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