The term SOWPODS was coined to cover the convergence of the two International Scrabbleİ word sources, OSW and OSPD, as deployed for the 1991 World Scrabbleİ Championships in London and subsequent World Championships. SOWPODS is an acronym derived from anagramming OSW and OSPD. 

Official Tournament and Club Word List (OWL)
OWL is an expanded version of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (OSPD) [3rd edition]. The additional words included in OWL (but not OSPD) are mostly those which were expurgated (censored) from OSPD for the popular market, i.e. words (arbitrarily) considered offensive. OWL also goes up to 9 letters (plus extensions), whereas OSPD only goes up to 8 letters (plus extensions). OWL is "published" by the National Scrabble Association (NSA) in the United States. It is distributed to NSA members only. OWL is primarily used in North American and Israel. OWL is also known as TWL98, which means Tournament Word List.

OWL2/LWL contains the words from the Official Word List 2nd edition, plus the Long Word List. The OWL2 contains words up to nine letters long plus their inflections, while the LWL contains words 10-15 letters long.

OSW itself stands for Official Scrabbleİ Words, a publication derived solely from the Chambers Dictionary, published in Scotland. OSW is exclusively used in the United Kingdom only.

 OSPD stands for Official Scrabbleİ Players Dictionary, a publication derived primarily from the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, but also including words from four other major college dictionaries. It is published by Merriam-Webster, in the United States. OSPD is exclusively used in North America, Thailand, and Israel. 

OSPD4 is a major update of OSPD3, and contains many words found in SOWPODS and OWL/TWL98.

The following countries are known to be fully SOWPODS:- Australia, Bahrain, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom. Source

The default dictionary here is the OSPD3 dictionary, unless players agree to use the larger, more international SOWPODS dictionary prior to play. OWL has been added to cater for the Tournament Players who play here. The all dictionaries search results page provides all lookups to accommodate all players. OSPD3 is used primarily in Canada, US, Thailand, and Israel. SOWPODS is used internationally.

Note, we used freely available files off the Net as the dictionaries here. If there are any errors you know of, please consult the actual book. It would be nice if you tell us, so we can update our database. 

 

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