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The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary
Large Print Edition
Merriam-Webster, Inc., (1998)
ISBN: 0-87779-623-8
Genre: Dictionary, Reference

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - Posted July 12, 2012

Scrabble players rejoice! A large print edition of the fabled Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary is available - and it is sensational! The print is large, dark, and the letters well spaced. In addition, the main entries are all printed in bold type that makes for easy scanning. The text has received the NAVH (National Association for Visually Handicapped) seal of approval, and it has been endorsed by the National Scrabble Association.

In many regards a Scrabble dictionary is like any other dictionary - it lists words with their definitions. However, for players of the board game, Scrabble, this dictionary is an indispensable aid. For those not familiar with Scrabble, it is a 'crossword' type board game. Players take turns making words on the board by placing lettered tiles on the board. Players must build upon existing words, just like in a crossword. If you've never played before, be warned - this game is addictive!

The main rules surrounding this game concern what words can or cannot be used. For instance, you cannot use proper names, foreign words that are not in common use, and words that contain hyphens are not allowed. The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, Large Print Edition contains a list of 2-8 letter words that are allowed to be used in the game, and it acts as an unbiased referee when players want to determine if a word played is acceptable or not. While there is nothing prohibiting you from using a standard dictionary to check your words, you will find that using the Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary will provide you with a standard by which to check your word usage.

The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, Large Print Edition is organized on traditional dictionary standards. Words are listed alphabetically, and most entries have a short, often no more than four words, definitions. Each main entry has its part-of-speech labeled, and the inflected forms of the word are shown. For instance, for the text lists the plural forms for nouns and the comparative form of an adjective. When the inflected form of a word undergoes a spelling change, it is listed as a separate main entry. Also included are the British (Canadian) spellings of common words such as centre and cheque. In order to make this dictionary employable by all age groups, offensive words have been excluded from this edition. A nice feature of this dictionary is the inclusion of a detailed introduction that delineates how the entries have been selected, organized, and defined. This book contains over 100,000 entries, and it is based upon The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, Third Edition.

I am an avid Scrabble player, so I am a bit biased - but I love this large print edition. It is so nice not to have to use a magnifier to read my dicitonary as I did with my old Scrabble Dictionary. As well, this new edition is well organized, has nice bold type, and is an indispensable reference guide for any serious player - it will also aid you when doing traditional paper and pencil crosswords.

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