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The scrabble for a better word

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For someone who loves words, reads a lot and works as a copywriter, I’m surprisingly mediocre at Scrabble. But then, only around 30,000 of the 171,476 words in the 20-volume OED are used frequently, which means that – however great your vocabulary – around 3/4 of potential Scrabble words are likely to mean little or nothing to you. This makes having an interest in the language or even an English degree less important to Scrabble success than your willingness (or ability) to memorise little-known words, particularly those pesky two-letter ones, as well as the strange vowel-intensive ones like Alii, Ilia and Uraei. I don’t think I’m ever going to be that person…


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