I think it is impossible to ever get bored with Scrabble. Every game reveals new and interesting word constellations and your brain is constantly working. It’s even more exciting when new Scrabble word lists are published – like this year’s new Collins Scrabble Tournament & Club Word List (CSW15). Let’s check out some of most important words in that list: The new three-letter words (there are no new two-letter words in the CSW15).
New Three-Letter Words of Foreign Origin
There are seven new three-letter words that come from other languages:
- This is a special white pear from China called YA – the plural of course is YAS.
OMA and OPA
- These are the German words for grandmother (OMA) and grandfather (OPA).
- The word RYU stands for different kinds of schools of martial arts – for example Abe-Ryu from the 17th century and Shito-Ryu, established in the year 1934.
- A popular Indian dish with noodles.
- The Caribbean name for a species of spicy pepper.
- This word comes from the Indian kitchen – it means cooking with steam.
Slang, Dialect and Colloquial Words in the New Three-Letter Word List
You might know some of these words from the new CSW15 – but you may never have thought that they would make it into the Scrabble word list:
YEZ, YER, WUZ and SHO
- These words actually mean: yes, your, was and sure.
- This new three-letter word is just another expression of the word “pack”.
- This is a dialect word for the verb “to urinate”.
- This slang word is used on the gaming scene when someone dominates his opponent. The winner actually types the word “own” to humiliate his opponent. But the letter P is right next to the O – so it sometimes ends up being the word PWN instead of OWN.
Abbreviations Among the New Three-Letter Words of the CSW15
- Short for navigation
- Short for calorie.
- Short for cafeteria.
- Short for dépanneur – a Canadian convenience store.
- Short for organization.
- Short for to vomit.
- Short for signature – meaning a short personalized message at the end of an email.
These New Three-Letter Words are Interjections
Some of the funniest Scrabble words are interjections – words that express emotions – and they are spelled just the way you pronounce them:
- This is what you say when something is disgusting.
- You are angry? Say GRR!
- This is what you say when you enjoy something – for example a meal.
Seven New Three-Letter Words Left…
And here they are:
- A word that is used by computer programmers. FOO is used as a kind of placeholder name in the programming process.
- A lee.
- A piece of wood cut off from a log.
- This word developed on the social network scene. Some people appear and post comments only with pseudonyms and so a kind of “pseudonym war” or “nym war” is occurring on the internet.
- TIZ comes from the word tizzy – describing a state of nervous excitement or confusion.
- This is a mixture of the words “volcanic”, “smog” and “fog” that is used in hawaii to describe the air pollution after a volcanic eruption.
- This is the past tense form of the word X – which means “to delete” or “cross out”.
Ready For a Quick Three-Letter Word Check?
Here’s a quiz that contains the 31 new three-letter words of the CSW15. Do you remember all of them?
Get to Know More Three-Letter Words
With word-grabber.com you can get to know even more three-letter words! Here is a list. And you can try our Scrabble Cheat that will help you find every word you can build with the seven letters on your rack.