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Scrabble-winning words
Scrabble-winning words
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Memorise these quirky words to be a winner every game. PS, ‘quirky’ isn’t a bad option either….

Muzjiks: A Russian peasant
Muzjiks: A Russian peasant
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With this alternate spelling of muzhiks, Jesse Inman earned the record of the highest-scoring opening Scrabble word ever played in 2008.

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Qi: The energy of life flowing through the body
Qi: The energy of life flowing through the body
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When you’ve been holding on to that Q for way too long, just get rid of it with this easy-peasy two-letter word that doesn’t even require a U. Add an S at your next turn to take advantage of that ten-point Q all over again to win Scrabble.

Check out these 10 commonly misused words that you need to stop getting wrong. 

Qat: A shrub that grows in the Middle East and Africa
Qat: A shrub that grows in the Middle East and Africa
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Q with no U? You’re in luck – “qat” makes it easy to get rid of that tricky letter. When your friends question you, make sure to pronounce it right (“kaht”).

Make sure you’re correctly spelling these 15 of the hardest words to spell in the English language. 

Xi: Letter in the Greek alphabet
Xi: Letter in the Greek alphabet
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You know “ax,” “ex,” and “ox,” but when your only vowel is an I, you’ve got options.

To be a true Scrabble champ, make sure you’re not getting these 70 common words and phrases wrong. 

Xu: Coin that used to be minted in South Vietnam
Xu: Coin that used to be minted in South Vietnam
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Don’t get stuck with that X! Short Scrabble words that start with X are hard to come by.

Try testing your vocabulary with our obscure words quiz. 

Phpht: Interjection
Phpht: Interjection
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No vowels? No problem! Other long consonant-only options to win Scrabble include crwth, byrls, fyrds, ghyll, and xylyl.

By all means use these 10 words in your next game, but be warned that they’ll make you sound old.

Zuz: Ancient Hebrew coin
Zuz: Ancient Hebrew coin
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Super Scrabble players curse the days they get two Zs. “Pizza” and “fuzz” are obvious choices, but you can get rid of those pesky letters even quicker with this three-letter word.

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Cwm: Cirque, a half-open hollow on a mountainside
Cwm: Cirque, a half-open hollow on a mountainside
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When you’re stuck with all consonants, you don’t have too many options, especially if you don’t have a Y either. Enter cwm to save the day, or even tsk, brr, pht, zzz, nth, or shh.

Beziques: A card game played with a pack of 48 cards (two of each suit for high cards)
Beziques: A card game played with a pack of 48 cards (two of each suit for high cards)
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This word can get two tricky letters out of the way: Z and Q.

Caziques: Black-and-red or black-and-yellow orioles of the American tropics
Caziques: Black-and-red or black-and-yellow orioles of the American tropics
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Impress your Scrabble opponents with this unexpected eight-letter word.

Highjack: Alternate spelling of hijack
Highjack: Alternate spelling of hijack
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Who knew there was more than one spelling?

Mezquite: Alternate spelling of mesquite
Mezquite: Alternate spelling of mesquite
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Trick all of your opponents with the alternate spelling to win Scrabble.

Oxazepam: A tranquilising drug used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal
Oxazepam: A tranquilising drug used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal
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People might not know what this drug is used for, but you know how to win Scrabble with it.

Maximize: To make as big or large as possible
Maximize: To make as big or large as possible
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This US spelling of a word people actually use on a daily basis is a great way to score 78 Scrabble points.

Quixotry: Quixotic action or thought
Quixotry: Quixotic action or thought
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You probably still have no idea what this means. A quixotic action is one that is unrealistic or impractical.

Jukebox: A coin-operated phonograph, equipped with push buttons for the selection of songs
Jukebox: A coin-operated phonograph, equipped with push buttons for the selection of songs
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Turn up the music because this word can score you 77 points to win Scrabble.

Vizcacha: A burrowing rodent
Vizcacha: A burrowing rodent
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When you use this winning Scrabble word, you’ll impress your friends while scoring a lot of points.

Chutzpah: Unbelievable gall; supreme self-confidence
Chutzpah: Unbelievable gall; supreme self-confidence
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It takes a lot of chutzpah to use this high-scoring Scrabble word.

Quetzals: The basic unit of money in Guatemala; large bird of Central and South America
Quetzals: The basic unit of money in Guatemala; large bird of Central and South America
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This word with a double meaning can help to potentially double your score.

Whizbang: A small high-velocity shell; a firecracker that makes a whizzing sound followed by an explosion
Whizbang: A small high-velocity shell; a firecracker that makes a whizzing sound followed by an explosion
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This fun Scrabble word can add 76 points to your score.

Flapjack: A flat cake of thin batter fried on both sides on a frying pan
Flapjack: A flat cake of thin batter fried on both sides on a frying pan
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Another one of the high-scoring Scrabble words that can help you win the game is flapjack.

Wheezily: With a wheeze
Wheezily: With a wheeze
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This top Scrabble word can get you 76 points.

Equalize: To compensate; to make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching (US spelling)
Equalize: To compensate; to make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching (US spelling)
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This Scrabble word will not equalize the score of the game.

Exorcize: Drive out or attempt to drive out (an evil spirit) from a person or place
Exorcize: Drive out or attempt to drive out (an evil spirit) from a person or place
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Again cheekily using alternative US spelling, you’ll exorcize all your demons when you place this on the board.

Zombify: To turn into a zombie
Zombify: To turn into a zombie
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Let’s hope that the only place this word is used is on the Scrabble board and never in the news.

Squeeze: To grip and press firmly; the act of gripping and pressing firmly
Squeeze: To grip and press firmly; the act of gripping and pressing firmly
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You can squeeze 75 points out of this high-scoring Scrabble word.

Jezebel: A shameless, impudent, scheming woman
Jezebel: A shameless, impudent, scheming woman
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This is one of the best Scrabble words to use – especially if you’re playing against an impudent woman that you want to insult.

Quickly: With rapid movements; with little or no delay
Quickly: With rapid movements; with little or no delay
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Quickly is one of the less-complex Scrabble words you can use to win. You can quickly win Scrabble by throwing this word down on the Scrabble board.

Zymurgy: The branch of chemistry concerned with fermentation
Zymurgy: The branch of chemistry concerned with fermentation
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Fermentation as in making wine, brewing, or distilling.

Oxyphenbutazone: A type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Oxyphenbutazone: A type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
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This is theoretically the highest-scoring of all the Scrabble words – hooked to the right words, it would earn a whopping 1,778 points, found Dan Stock of Ohio. But it would require perfect placement of eight other tiles, so it’s never actually been played in a real game. One day…

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