CSW12

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This page describes the upcoming new edition of the Collins word list, and is part of our introduction to Collins (SOWPODS) in North America.


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CSW12

CSW12 is the next edition of the Collins word list, and will take effect worldwide on January 1st 2012. It will replace the current list, which has been the official source since Jan 1st 2007, and forms the basis for the rest of the Collins sections of the NASPA wiki.

It is anticipated that all CSW tournaments, including those in North America, will use the new wordlist as soon as it is adopted.

Currently, the next edition of OWL (OWL3) is not anticipated until 2014. How this will impact CSW12 (since CSW by definition contains OWL) is not yet known.

For clarity, we will refer to the current CSW list on this page as CSW07.


The numbers

The number of additions is not as large as some previous lexicon editions, totaling 1477 [1] for 2-8 letter words, and 2809 in total, representing an increase of just over 1%.

There are also 396 deletions (140 2-8 letters), resulting from changes in the source dictionary, corrections, or criteria for inclusion. An important point to note is that no OWL2 words are deleted.

The numbers of additions and deletions are summarized in the following table:

Length CSW07 CSW12 additions CSW07 deletions Total in CSW12
2 124 0 0 124
3 1292 19 1 1310
4 5454 76 4 5526
5 12478 186 18 12646
6 22157 279 26 22410
7 32909 406 41 33274
8 40161 511 50 40622
Total 2-8 114575 1477 140 115912
9 40727 546 63 41210
10 35529 362 64 35827
11 27892 200 54 28038
12 20297 107 36 20368
13 13857 63 24 13896
14 9116 35 10 9141
15 5757 19 5 5771
Total 267750 2809 396 270163

As is always the case, only a small fraction of the words are needed to play a good game.

Note also that there are no new 2 letter words, and none are deleted.


New words

A small sampling of useful or fun new words (definitions adapted from Zyzzyva 2.1.5) is

Word Definition
QIN -s a Chinese zither with silken strings, also GUQIN
FIQH -s an expansion of Sharia Islamic law
VLOG -s a video blog
XRAY -s a code word for the letter X in international radio communication
BOOAI -s a remote rural place, also BOOHAI, BOOAY
FILII pl. FILIUS (Latin), a son
GRRRL -s as in riot grrrl, a young woman who plays or follows this style of punk rock, also GRRL
HYPHY a style of hip-hop music from the San Francisco Bay Area [HYPHIES]
BASEEJ Iranian vigilantes who enforce strict Islamic behavior and dress code, especially on women, also BASIJ
TZADDI -kqs the 18th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, also SADHE, SADE
ENQUEUE -ds to add to a list of data processing tasks awaiting processing in a buffer
LOANEES pl. LOANEE, a person who receives a loan, or, a sportsperson loaned from one organization to another
NGARARA -s a New Zealand lizard
NOILIER NOILY, pertaining to a noil, a kind of short fiber
NOTAIRE -s in France, a public official authorized to attest and certify certain legal documents, etc.
OATIEST OATY, like oats
ENARGITE -s a minor copper ore, dark-grey crystalline copper arsenic sulphide
FACEBOOK -s to look for someone's profile on Facebook
LITREAGE -s volume in liters
QINTARKA pl. QINTAR, a monetary unit of Albania
REALTONE -s a ringtone that closely resembles an original sound recording
UILLEANN as in uilleann pipes, Irish bagpipes
CELECOXIB -s an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat arthritis
IRUKANDJI -s a venomous Australian jellyfish
TIKTAALIK -s an extinct sarcopterygian (lobe-finned) fish genus from the late Devonian period
ZWANZIGER -s an old Austrian silver coin, equivalent to twenty kreutzers
LAMESTREAM -s the traditional media, such as newspapers, television and radio
WHATABOUTERY of two communities in conflict, the practice of repeatedly blaming the other side, and referring to the past [WHATABOUTERIES]

Various other modern words, such as computer terms like WIKI, INBOX, README, DARKNET, ROOTKIT, PERMALINK, KEYLOGGING, CROWDSOURCING, and so on, also appear, and there is more consistent treatment of some contentious words from CSW07, such as those of Maori origin. Some well-known former phoneys, such as COSTINGS, also make an appearance.


The full list of new 3s is:

 ALU -ms
 AME -ns
 ANS -a
 ATS
 AWK -s
 ERM
 GAK -s
 GAW -dkps
 GER -emst
 ING -os
 MEH
 OIS
 PEL -aeflst
 QIN -s
 RAV -es
 SOZ
 SUG -hos
 TIK -aeis
 UMS

New short words containing JQXZ are:

 GOJI -s
 BASIJ
 JAFFA -s
 JAMON
 JIBBA -hs
 JUVIE -s
 QIN -s
 FIQH -s
 GUQIN -s
 FLOX
 XRAY -s
 BOXTY -ies
 CAPEX -es
 COXIB -s
 INBOX -es
 OXIES
 SOZ
 RONZ
 ZARI -s
 CEZVE -s
 LEEZE

New vowel and consonant dumps are:

 AIDA -s
 ALOO -fs
 AUAS
 BOOAI -s
 BEEDIE -s
 LOANEE -s
 OATIER
 TOOLIE -s
 WOOHOO
 DEQUEUE -ds
 ENQUEUE -ds
 ANIRIDIA -s
 AUTOSAVE -ds
 BOOGALOO -s
 EQUATIVE
 FEIJOADA -s
 HONOUREE -s
 IOPANOIC
 KALOOKIE -s
 KOEKOEAS
 GRRL -s
 GRRRL -s
 HYPHY -ies
 SCHELLY -ies
 SKRONKS
 SKYLESS
 SPYCAMS
 FLYSPRAY -s

New high probability bingos are:

 ATTONED
 FANSITE -s
 LOANEES
 NANITES
 NOTAIRE -s
 NOILIER
 OATIEST
 ENARGITE -s
 GAITERED
 LIONHEAD -s
 LITREAGE -s
 LOUNGIER
 NANOWIRE -s
 NOILIEST
 NOTAIRES
 PINOTAGE -s
 REALTONE -s
 RETINOIC
 SLANTIER

Short words deleted from CSW07 are:

 YOS
 FIFI
 FOHS
 OHOS
 WASM
 CHONS
 CIAOS
 EPROM
 FREON
 GRENZ
 HEROE
 NICKY
 ODSOS
 PHOHS
 PURIM
 RETES
 RIVOS
 ROMAS
 SWONE
 TABIS
 TAHOU
 TOHOS
 WASMS


Effect on the game

The overall effect on the game is likely to be minimal, the most significant thing being simply adjusting to the more common newly allowed plays, and occasional deletions. QIN will likely be played a lot, but if and how much it impacts strategy is not really known yet.


More Information

For further details, an excellent set of documents introducing the new words, giving such information as words that newly take -S, the deletions, and so on, is available on the WESPA website. These do not differentiate between OWL2 and CSW, but of course in this case that does not matter, since all words referred to are new to CSW. The website also gives information on where to buy the new lexicon in book form.

The new lexicon is available in Zyzzyva, which can be configured to supply all three of OWL2, CSW07, and CSW12, with the ability to switch between the lexicons. There are also plans to add CSW12 to Quackle.


Notes

[1] http://www.wespa.org quotes different numbers (1532 and 149). It is not clear why. The numbers on this page are derived from Zyzzyva 2.1.5, which is assumed correct.

Comments concerning this page may be directed to Nick Ball.

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