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20 Words You Should Learn if You Play Scrabble


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JUKEBOX
"Jukebox" can earn you nearly 30 points, no matter where you play it.
"Jukebox" can earn you nearly 30 points, no matter where you play it.
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Long before the iPod playlist, there was the coin-operated phonograph. Jukeboxes brought popular music to the world for decades and grew into colorful, bubbling neon shrines to pop and rock. The word comes from a Gullah term meaning wicked; it originally referred to a juke house, a brothel.

In Scrabble, you need to keep in mind that high-scoring words don't have to be obscure. This common word gives you at least 27 points. As an opening bingo, it's worth a solid 85, which is music to any player's ears.