Speed Scrabble – most popular words

We did some analysis on our Speed Scrabble players to find out the 80 most popular words used in games:

Speed Scrabble popular words

QI is easily the number 1 word, with AI and IN second and third. I guess most people know that trick when you get stuck with a Q without a U.

2-letter words dominate the list, taking the top 11 spots, and 66% of the top 80.

3-letter words round out the list, with the first 4-letter word, RAIN, coming in at 112th.

It’s a little surprising, but understandable given that Speed Scrabble focusses on speed.

Some users have commented on the unlikely sounding 2-letter words, doubting whether they are really words, so with the help of Wordnik, we have compiled a list of definitions of some of the more obscure words:

  • qi: The fundamental life-force or energy.
  • ai: See sloth.
  • en: The letter n.
  • aa: Lava having a rough surface.
  • ae: Chiefly Scots One.
  • un: One.
  • er: Used to express hesitation or uncertainty.
  • id: In Freudian theory, the division of the psyche that is totally unconscious.
  • oi: Said to get someone’s attention.
  • qat: khat
  • ye: Archaic “The”.
  • ad: An advertisement.
  • lo: Used to attract attention or to show surprise.
  • re: Music – The second tone of the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • et: and
  • jo: Scots Sweetheart; dear.
  • oe: A small island.
  • el: The letter l.
  • za: Slang – Pizza.
  • ar: The letter r.
  • la: Music – The sixth tone of the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • ti: Music – The seventh tone in the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • li: A traditional Chinese measure of distance, today standardized at 500 meters (547 yards).
  • pi: The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.
  • bi: A bisexual person.
  • yo: Slang – Used as a greeting or to attract someone’s attention.
  • joe: Informal – Brewed coffee.
  • ain: Scots Own.
  • yen: A strong desire or inclination; a yearning or craving.
  • fa: Music – The fourth tone of the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • ne: Not.

So now you know: yes, they really are words.

If you’ve not played Speed Scrabble, try it out. It’s fun, fast and challenging. And occasionally educational.

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