Compared to the board version of Scrabble, a cooler feature of Word With Friends is that you can explore a new letter combination right on the game board to see if it might be a real word. If it’s not, the app lets you know and you try something else, with no penalty. If you finally stumble onto a new word, you learn something.
Some Scrabble traditionalists who still play on the board and by the book are disturbed by the unfettered trial-and-error play permissible in WWF.
For example, I might say: “Turns out GOX is a word.”
Typical response from indignant Scrabble player: “Oh really? Well, what does it mean!?!”
If a word is so obscure it takes you most of your life to see if for the first time, you probably don't care what it means. But if you want to further agitate Scrabble dictionary-thumping pedants who ask that question, make up a definition and say it with authority.
Here are some WWF-acceptable words that I’ve actually stumbled across, along with definitions I’ve made up. You can probably make up some better ones. Either way, be sure to share them with Scrabble players to add inaccuracy to injury.
WWFICTIONARY, Volume 1: ABC
Speculative definitions for previously unknown (to me) real words that you can spell in Words With Friends
AA: interj, Half-hearted eureka
AAL: n, Narrow dangly thing on the underside of the tongue
AGLY: n, Unsightly lip blemish
ALIYOS: n, Mongolian cheese curd
ATMA: n, Subatomic particulate unique to meteors
ATT: n, Sherpa guide
ACINI: n, Squid-ink pasta
AFFINE: v, To explain in a positive light
AMU: n, An emu capable of flight
AWEE: n, Spiritual force
AXAL: n, Bifibulated umlaut
BRAZA: n, Pizza-flavored brassiere
BREDE: v, Procreation by bad spellers
CEP: adj, Unpleasantly odiferous
CHIRR: interj, Exclamation of greeting (Chiefly Scottish)
CIS: n, Dripping hissing sound
CROZE: n, Icelandic beverage made with fermented herring
Next Week: Volume 2, DEF & GHI (both acceptable in Words With Friends, btw)