Ten Great New Ways to Score Big at Scrabble®

Announcing Merriam-Webster's The Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition

SPRINGFIELD, MASS., June 22, 2005 — Looking to catch some Zs this summer? Resolved to mind your Ps and Qs come rain or come shine? If so, Merriam-Webster, America's leading language reference publisher, has some great news—especially for players of Scrabble® Brand crossword games. Imagine racking up points with the following:

  1. qi
  2. za
  3. brux
  4. yutz
  5. zine
  6. zouk
  7. jazzbo
  8. muskox
  9. qabala
  10. romaji

These are just a few of the thousands of new words—many high-scoring—that have been added to a fully revised new Fourth Edition of Merriam-Webster's Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, the official reference for recreational and school play, endorsed by the National Scrabble Association. These newest words, estimated at over 4,000 in number, are part of the more than 100,000 two-to-eight letter words contained in this fully revised new edition—more than any single dictionary of its kind on the market today.

"We're glad to be able to provide Scrabble lovers of all skill-levels with this ultimate resource of playable words," said James G. Lowe, Senior Editor at Merriam-Webster who coordinated revisions to the new edition with the National Scrabble Association. "We worked closely with the Dictionary Committee of the National Scrabble Association, who drew up the list of words to be included in accordance with the rules of the Scrabble game itself. Merriam-Webster editors reviewed the list and then created the entries that go with them."

Main entries in the new Fourth Edition of Merriam-Webster's Official Scrabble Players Dictionary feature a brief definition, a part-of-speech label, and inflected forms for fast, easy word validation. Spelling variants such as colour and centre are included for game players in Canada. New words from the Fourth Edition, or "OSPD4," will be sanctioned for use in official club and tournament play by the end of the year.

And although the definition of a word may not always be as crucial to winning a game of Scrabble as the high-scoring letters it contains, we’re happy to define the above ten (in order) here:

  1. qi: the vital source that in Chinese thought is inherent in all things
  2. za: a pizza
  3. brux: to grind the teeth
  4. yutz: a stupid, foolish, or ineffectual person
  5. zine: a magazine
  6. zouk: dance music of the French West Indies
  7. jazzbo: a devotee of jazz
  8. muskox: a large bovid of artic regions
  9. qabala: cabala
  10. romaji:a system of transliterating Japanese into the Latin alphabet

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