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20 Words You Should Learn if You Play Scrabble


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WAGYU
If you live outside of North America, this word is a good one to have in your arsenal.
If you live outside of North America, this word is a good one to have in your arsenal.
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In 2011, "wagyu" was added to the Scrabble word list for play outside the U.S. and Canada. That fact points out a great divide in the Scrabble world. In North America, the Scrabble brand is controlled by Hasbro, which rules on the words that are permissible in tournaments. In the rest of the world, Scrabble is marketed and overseen by Mattel. Different official word lists apply. For casual games, players can choose an ordinary dictionary as the last word in what words can be used.

With the combination AYWUG on your rack, you might be left scratching your head. But remember "wagyu," and you'll score at least 12 points initially, with a chance for more with double letter squares -- if you live outside North America.