Do You Play Word Games Like Scrabble?

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Do you play Scrabble with friends? Do you often find yourself arguing the validity of a word they are claiming is legit? Do you usually forget your handy dandy Webster’s Dictionary? If you’re like me, you have lost your pride many times when a word you believe is legit gets busted when your friends consult a dictionary to prove you wrong. Which takes away precious time for you to create megawords and rack up some points on scrabble. Well, the app store has brought us many applications but one of my favorites and most used is CheckWord.

Checkword pulls from two different lists of words. TWL is the 2006 tournament word list used in North America and other countries: Thailand and Israel. The list contains 178,691 words from AA to ZZZ. SOWPODS is the 2006 international word list used in English speaking countries that don’t use TWL. It contains 267,751 words. So for must of you, you will be using the TWL unless you want to trick your friends and get away with words that don’t really count. It does not contain proper nouns so your friends can’t get away with using Jeff or Canada.

With the features to tell you if words are good or not at the flick of a few thumb taps on your iPhone or iPod touch, this app is worth its weight in Gold. There is more to it than just a simple word search to prove your friends wrong.

Do you get stumped often with the letters on your stand and just have nowhere to go? Are you the type of person who enjoys cheating? Are you alright with deceiving your friends saying your checking words to see if they work? CheckWord has another great feature for you!

MakeWords will make you a Scrabble genius! Just click the little tab at the top of CheckWord that says MakeWord, and you will see a nice screen that lets you enter in random letters that you have to generate words from that list. Not only does it rank the words from amount of letters that can be used, it will even find words in patterns that are already laid out on the Scrabble board! Let me give you an example.

Your letters are ASETUI. Here are the results of the 61 words found:

  • 3 Words with 5 letters: ETUIS, SAUTE, SUITE
  • 19 Words with 4 letters: AITS, ATES, EAST, EATS, etc.
  • 26 Words with 3 letters: AIS, AIT, ATE, EAT, etc.
  • 13 Words with 2 letters: AE, AI, AS, AT, etc.

It even covers wildcards. If you have a wildcard, just substitute one of your seven letters with “.” and it will factor that in for some killer 5, 6, 7 or 8 word combos!

So, if you are into Scrabble this is a must have app! Take it to the next Scrabble party and either be honest and challenge your friends to play against the iPhone, or secretly sit and throw out some words that your friends will question the validity of and you can quickly show them with CheckWord that it is Legit! Have fun!

17 thoughts on “Do You Play Word Games Like Scrabble?”

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  3. i thinks this information is very helpful. It is a pretty cool although rather sneaky program, and if i caught any one using it in a scrabble game with me i would probably be a little upset. This is altogether a pretty cool application.

  4. Whoa! This is some hot, juicy, Scrabble insight. You see, at our family gatherings we play highly competitive rounds of Clue and Scrabble. Being that I am blessed with the gift of verbosity this read will come in handy.

    Now my pledge – after Christmas dinner – I now have the tools in the plam of my hand to CRUSH THEM ALLL!!!!!

    MUAHHH HA HA HA HA ( Insert evil laugh here)

  5. thanks for the info 3amJosh! Just had a “Scrabble argument” over Thanksgiving. Just think, you may have just helped save Christmas and the traditional Scrabble match.

  6. I think this program would be a fantastic asset from a business writing perspective. Travel plays a big role in my professional life. As I am writing emails, having an app to consult for a thesaurus feature would be great. Is a thesaurus included?

  7. Can you believe I’ve never once played Scrabble in my life?? That looks like a cool app though. I may just download it for help when writing just to make sure I ‘m using a real word!

  8. We play speed scrabble with my friends, and this is a huge help when we get down to the end and I need to rework the order of my letters quickly! It’s a great app! Thanks, 3amjosh for publishing this. 🙂

  9. i luv scrabble! unfortunately my friends are too dumb to play it – maybe this will help them! i luv iphone apps and am always looking for good ones, thanks 3amjosh!

  10. Jessica Smith, as far as I can see there is no thesarus on this app! Maybe that will come in a future update and they are likely to change that if they see this blog and want to fix that for us!

  11. Wow, I don’t play much Scrabble…yet. I’ve been meaning to pick one up for the upcoming Holiday’s and can see Checkword becoming very useful. Really, it’s probably fun even without Scrabble because I could learn some new awesome words to use. My vocabulary now is so lame.

  12. Whoa…you little cheater. I’m not playing scrabble with you. Sounds cool but takes all the fun out of scrabble unless it is strictly used for checking the validity of the words. I would definitely use it for that aspect. I know many an argument has arisen from scrabble games gone bad.

  13. That’s awesome! I swear that I’m living the simpsons episode when I play with certain family members – I almost halfway expect them to come up with squidybo…

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