Words with Friends source dictionary


I’ve been playing a lot of “Words with Friends” for iPhone lately. My friend sent me a mystery score where his opponent used all 7 tiles to produce the word “Grinders” for 54 points but the score on the board should have only been 19. I found the Words with Friends Rulebook which reveals that you get 35 bonus points for using all of your tiles in a single turn. Interesting!

The Words with Friends rule book also reveals the source dictionary of valid words for the game. The game uses the Enhanced North American Benchmark Lexicon (ENABLE), a free public dictionary filled with many “words” that would never make it into Merriam-Webster. I found it interesting that NewToy (Zynga) also throws in words of their own to modernize the game’s lexicon.