Scramble for a Top Scrabble Score

highest scoring words for scrabble

Why would you need to know about oxyphenbutazone? If you have an interest in medicine, you need to know it as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. If you are a Scrabble player, however, you definitely want to store it away in your memory because it can bring you more points than any other word.

Playing under American rules, oxyphenbutazone  can earn  you 1,780 points across three triple-word-score squares, joining seven tiles to eight already-played tiles. Of course, that can only happen under extremely rare conditions, such as those depicted below.

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If you are looking to maximize your points in your opening move, you have a few more options. Under the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, the definitive Scrabble dictionary for players in the United States and Canada, muzjiks will garner you 128 points. If you play in the United Kingdom, Official Scrabble Words identifies quartzy and squeezy as top opening words, earning you 126 points for either of them.

If you are already beyond your opening move and you have the chance to play a word over two triple-score squares and with a premium-scoring tile on the double-score square, you have five opportunities to play a word that will earn you 392 points in a single move. Those words are oxazepambeziquescaziquesmezquits, and mezquite.


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More Words We Need in English


As rich as the English language is, there are plenty of words in other languages that English has not yet adopted. Here are a few of these much-needed gems:

  • Hikikomori (Japanese) — A teenager or 20-something who has withdrawn from social life, often obsessed with TV and video games.
  • Gadrii Nombor Shulen Jongu (Tibetan) — Literally, it means “giving a green answer to a blue question,” and refers to the practice of giving an answer that is unrelated to the question.
  • Iktsuarpok (Inuit) — To go outside to check if an expected visitor has arrived, over and over again.
  • Kummerspeck (German) — Literally meaning “grief bacon,” this refers to excess weight gained from emotional overeating.
  • Kaelling (Danish) — An ugly, miserable woman who yells obscenities at her kids. Evidently they have conventions at Walmart whenever I need to go shopping.
  • Bufetak (Czech) — A man who hangs around in cafes and eats leftovers.
  • Shibui (Japanese) — Having a simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty.
  • Layogenic (Tagalog) — A person who is only attractive from a distance.
  • Neidbau (German) — A building (often of little or no value to the proprietor) constructed with the sole purpose of harassing or inconveniencing his neighbor in some way.
  • Skämskudde (Swedish) — A real or imagined pillow one hides behind when experiencing vicarious embarrassment due to watching something embarrassing.
  • Sitzriese (German) – A person who appears tall when seated but short when standing.
  • Pochemuchka (Russian) – A person who asks too many questions.
  • Pilkunnussija (Finnish) — A person who believes it is his or her destiny to stamp out all spelling and punctuation mistakes at the cost of popularity, self-esteem and mental well-being.
  • Ojama Shimasu (Japanese) — Uttered when entering someone’s home as a guest, it literally means, “I’m going to bother you.”

For more examples, check out this great post by our friends at Bookshelf.