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Massachusetts [United States], September 25 ( ANI ): The Merriam-Webster's Official Scrabble Players Dictionary is playing catch up by adding some of the new-age internet-influenced words to please the millennials.
Using only Scrabble words I found no perfect onions with a symmetrical central letter longer than 5-letter triples, and only five of them in Official Scrabble Words (ANANA, DEWED, LEVEL, STATS, STOTS), and of these only LEVEL and STATS are in Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. (But REVER is in neither.) Can you or Jeff or other readers find a longer perfect onion of only Scrabble words?
The purpose of this article is to exhibit an alphabetic rearrangement (not unique) that minimizes the number of three-letter Official Scrabble Players Dictionary heterograms.
This article exhibits English-language rings for words of length three (the shortest possible) based on the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, Third Edition, and words of length eight (the longest possible), based on Webster's Second or Third Unabridged.
For this reason I chose to use the current (6th) version of the Official Tournament and Club Word List (often called TWL) which is based on the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (OPSD).
(Can someone do it using the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary or Webster's Collegiate?)
Even today, the sanitised family edition of the American Official Scrabble Players Dictionary omits dozens of supposedly offensive words.
(Unless a word can be found for 28 or 496.) * Abc (usually plural) is a 'word' in Web-3 but not in Official Scrabble Words (OSW) or Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Bac, short for baccalaureate, is a word in OSW only but is in Web-3 as an abbreviation for bachelor.
Rex Gooch has kindly supplied dictionary examples for the four others: HARBURROW, an obsolete form of harbour in the OED; COLPISMUS, another name for vaginismus in Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (24th edition); MUSSASCUS, an obsolete form of musquash in the OED; MUNDUNGOS, plural of mundungo, foul-smelling tobacco, in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Interestingly, BALTUSROL is the name of a well-known golf course about ten miles from Morristown!
Here I exclude place names and genus/species names, so all are to be found in Webster 2 and the OED except for lacqueying, in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. The word wateringly is found in an 1828 quote under OED spade.
The two lattices above contain only words sanctioned by the 3rd edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Notice that the first lattice shown above is nearly pangrammatic.
Labels I use are Ch (Chambers), CGNA (Columbia Gazetteer of North America), DF (Darryl Francis), OED (Oxford English Dictionary), OSPD (Official Scrabble Players Dictionary), ST (Susan Thorpe), TEA (The Electronic Alveary), TIG (Times Index-Gazetteer), and Web2 (Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, Second Edition) A personal name is labeled pname, and a quotation is labeled q.