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10 Best Scrabble Words

By Edited Aug 24, 2016 5 16

The 10 best Scrabble words to improve your play

Best 10 Scrabble words

As a Scrabble playing champion I wish to help others to achieve good scores when they play and these 10 Scrabble words are a good starting point. If you can memorize these ten Scrabble words then you will find that your game will improve as you utilize them during the play of the game.

It is extremely unlikely that you will get to play more than half of them in one game but once you are aware of the opportunities that exist with words such as QI and KA then you will become a better tactical player.


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Ten Best Scrabble Words in Play

10 of the best Scrabble words

Favorite Scrabble words

High Scrabble scoring letters

High scoring letters

I have ignored the color of the scoring squares as this article refers to the best words to place in a Scrabble game rather than the tactical maneuvering plays against strong opponents. Obviously, the placing of high scoring letters on double and triple scoring squares will increase your score but for these purposes we are just looking at 10 words to remember when next you play Scrabble.

Playing Scrabble tactically in tournaments involves a different set of playing skills but the core job of finding high scoring words is what we are after here. 

Scrabble top ten words

The meaning of the words

You do not have to know the meaning of the words; you just need to know that they are valid to play in a game. However, sometimes the fun is enhanced if you know the meaning of the word you play so the words below include a brief description of their meaning. It also helps you to remember the word if it triggers and association of some kind.

DZO = Cows or cattle

ZED = Spelling the letter Z

ADIEU = Goodbye

XU = Currency

JUTE = Material for canvas or rope making

QAT = Evergreen shrub

QI = Greek letter

KI = Martial art

KA = Spirit

JO = Sweetheart

Scrabble 7 tile rack with poor letters

Scrabble with 7 bad tiles

I have included what many would consider an ordinary word, ADIEU, in my top ten words because it can be so useful when you have a poor selection of letters (mainly vowels). An example would be a poor Scrabble tile rack containing the letters EUUIDIA and many players, new to the game, would exchange 6 of their tiles for new ones thereby losing their turn. Instead simple play the word ADIEU and score a few points whilst still getting 5 fresh letters for your next turn.

Pluralized Scrabble words

Pluralizing Scrabble to score higher

Some of the top ten words can be pluralized and the simple adding of an S later in the game can yield good scores, especially if you use the S as part of another scoring word.  Be careful as not all of them can have an S added. DZOS, JUTES and ADIEUS are alright for example but JOS and XUS are not valid Scrabble words, so I guess knowing your plurals is another tactic to learn.

Have Words with Friends instead of Scrabble

The electronic Words with Friends now comes to real life with its scrabble board game style. It is available for less than $20.

If you do not have a regular partner to play against then you could play an excellent version online, which is available on Facebook. There is also another app there called Words With Friends which is very similar to Scrabble and will help your playing skills to develop. Be careful with this one because some of the letter values are changed and the treble squares are moved. Good luck in your Scrabble play and I hope this article has helped you to become a better Scrabble player.

Classic Words with Friends board game

Wordosaur is free to play

Another Scrabble variation on Facebook

Yet another version of Scrabble has become popular on Facebook. Alongside WWF comes this word game called Wordosaur. The board is very similar to the Scrabble one but the big difference here is that you have 8 letters to play with per turn. The advantage of word forming with 8 instead of WWF and Scrabble's 7 is that you can achieve much higher scoring points. Tactically it is different but a good Scrabble player will master it quickly.



May 2, 2011 6:03pm
Very interesting.
May 3, 2011 9:14am
Thank you very much for reading the Scrabble article and for commenting.
May 14, 2011 1:36am
Thats terrific now i can get better at the game. We all need that little edge on another player.
May 14, 2011 7:56am
Hi Eileen, thank you for your comments. Scrabble is enjoyable regardless of the level you play at, the main thing is to enjoy the word play involved and not worry too much about getting the high scoring 7 letter words in Scrabble.
Jun 24, 2011 9:26pm
My 8.5 year old daughter and I have started playing Scrabble this summer as a way to help with spelling, problem solving, and just fun Mommy/daughter time. Thanks for these words which I can someday teach her!
Jun 25, 2011 5:26am
Thank you for your comments. Yes, Scrabble is a great way to help our children with spelling and even exploring new words. Challenging a word and consulting a dictionary is part of the fun of learning too. Encourage her to invent words and then look them up for their meanings, if any. Scrabble is the most educational game there is and all kids would benefit from playing.
Aug 3, 2011 5:38am
Aug 3, 2011 2:42pm
Thank you for your comments, glad to have helped. I like giving Scrabble help to new players at our local Scrabble club. We have a designated Scrabble helper at all of our competitions, who acts a tournament referee as well as assisting novice players to learn some of the techniques of Scrabble play.
Dec 8, 2011 3:46pm
Thank you for the "10 Best Scrabble Words." I have already bookmarked this article, and I will be coming back to it often. My family enjoys boardgames all winter - boy, am I going to impress them with these words. I can hear the challenges already! Thank you! Thank you!
Dec 11, 2011 2:54pm
Thank you for your visit and comments. Glad the words helped and I hope you are successful in games with your family. These dark winter evenings are the best times for board game play. We had a tradition of getting a new board game every Christmas but the old reliable ones were always Scrabble and Monopoly.
Dec 8, 2011 4:53pm
Learning ALL the two letter words is a very helpful task as well. ADIEU is a great word as is AUDIO which accomplishes the same thing from a slightly different rack.
Dec 11, 2011 3:24pm
Thank you for visiting and your comments and I couldn't agree more that to become a successful Scrabble player you need to know all the 2 letter words (especially the more obscure Scrabble words like XU, CH, QI and KY).
Dec 8, 2011 5:05pm
i wonder if the best 10 words changes for 'words with friends' or my favorite, 'word feud'--two of the scrabble games for smart phones and tablets. for example one great work i use frequently is XI (rather than xu). someone should write THAT article as well. ;)
Dec 11, 2011 3:32pm
Thank you for visiting and posing this interesting question. I think that there is little doubt that different games will have different Top 10 words. The beauty of some of these game sis that you can play using your own agreed rules. For instance, in Scrabble, our family can rob the blank (by replacing the letter it represents)from the board and reuse it. In this way the blank can be used up to a dozen times in a game. The electronic versions, of course, do not allow such rule changes.
Dec 8, 2011 5:11pm
Anybody playing WordFeud over here? Scrabble as a smartphone app, simply amazing. When I am walking through a train here in the Netherlands I see around 5-10 people playing this game ;)
Dec 11, 2011 3:41pm
Thank you for your comment and visiting this article. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) I am a Luddite lol and do not own a smartphone so have not, as yet, had the pleasure of playing Word Feud. The concept is viable and word games are suited to electronic media devices. I play my Scrabble games on Facebook.
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