Last modified on 21 November 2013, at 16:59

Scrabble/Two Letter Words

Having a knowledge of all two-letter words will greatly improve your Scrabble gameplay, either when you need to build off an existing tile to form a new word, or at the end of the game, when you have two or three tiles left and need to dump them off as quickly as possible. Two-letter words are also very useful when playing a new word parallel (alongside, above, or beneath) an existing word.

TWL 2-letter wordsEdit

There are 101 acceptable 2-letter words listed in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th Ed. (OSPD4) and the Official Tournament and Club Word List (OTCWL, or simply, TWL):

  • AA, AB, AD, AE, AG, AH, AI, AL, AM, AN, AR, AS, AT, AW, AX, AY
  • BA, BE, BI, BO, BY
  • DE, DO
  • ED, EF, EH, EL, EM, EN, ER, ES, ET, EX
  • FA, FE
  • GO
  • HA, HE, HI, HM, HO
  • ID, IF, IN, IS, IT
  • JO
  • KA, KI
  • LA, LI, LO
  • MA, ME, MI, MM, MO, MU, MY
  • NA, NE, NO, NU
  • OD, OE, OF, OH, OI, OM, ON, OP, OR, OS, OW, OX, OY
  • PA, PE, PI
  • QI
  • RE
  • SH, SI, SO
  • TA, TI, TO
  • UH, UM, UN, UP, US, UT
  • WE, WO
  • XI, XU
  • YA, YE, YO
  • ZA

CSW 2-letter wordsEdit

All TWL-acceptable 2-letter words are in Collins Scrabble Words (CSW). There are 23 2-letter words that are acceptable in only CSW, making a total of 124 CSW-acceptable 2-letter words:

  • CH#
  • DA#, DI#
  • EA#, EE#
  • FY#
  • GI#, GU#
  • IO#
  • JA#
  • KO#, KY#
  • NY#
  • OB#, OO#, OU#
  • PO#
  • ST#
  • TE#
  • UG#, UR#
  • YU#
  • ZO#

In particular, knowing the two-letter words containing JKQXZ will go a long way, as they can be used for huge scoring plays. For example, placing an X on a TLS and playing parallel easily nets 50+ points.