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OTCWL2018

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The Official Tournament and Club Word List (2018 Edition) (OTCWL2018) is an update to the Official Tournament and Club Word List, and the official lexicon governing competitive play in the United States and Canada beginning March 1, 2019.

Where to Get It

For licensing reasons, this book is a members-only publication, available only through the NASPA Store.

Print Edition

No full print edition is currently available, but a printed list of new words will be available through our store, and will be included with purchases of OTCWL2016.

Electronic Editions

NASPA members may download the word list and related files through Member Services in the following formats.

OTCWL2018 (self-print)
New words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List (2018 edition), in an easy-to-print 16-page PDF
OTCWL2018 (text)
All words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List (2018 edition), in a text file, final version dated 2018-12-08
OTCWL2018 (Windows text)
All words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List (2018 edition), in a Windows text file, final version dated 2018-12-08
OTCWL2018 New Words (text)
New words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List (2018 edition), in a text file, final version dated 2018-12-18
OTCWL2018 New Words (Windows text)
New words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List (2018 edition), in a Windows text file, final version dated 2018-12-18
OTCWL2018 (compressed)
New words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List (2018 edition), compressed into a one-page PDF
OTCWL2018 (booklet)
New words found in the Official Tournament and Club Word List (2018 edition), in a four-sheet double-sided half-letter booklet format PDF


NASPA members may use the free word study and adjudication tool, NASPA Zyzzyva, to access a licensed electronic copy of this word list. OTCWL2018 will be included in the next edition of NASPA Zyzzyva, due to be released in January 2019.

NASPA Zyzzyva is available for download to Windows and Mac machines at the NASPA Zyzzyva download site, which includes download and installation instructions.

Developer Access

NASPA members who offer free software to our community are welcome to include OTCWL2018 in their products with appropriate credit and links, and should contact us for details.

Commercial developers are invited to contact us to discuss licensing terms.

Errata

Content Errors

  • JOUISSANCES was misentered as JOUISSANCEES, and corrected on 2019-01-08 (thanks to Mitch Bayersdorfer for reporting the issue).
  • HAEMOPHILI was misentered as HAEMOPHILUI, and corrected on 2019-01-08 (thanks to John Bulten for reporting the issue).
  • PARURESES was misentered as PARURESIES, and corrected on 2019-01-08 (thanks to John Bulten for reporting the issue).

Printing Errors

An early version of the New Words Self-Print Edition included deleted words among the lists of words of two to eight letters; it was replaced after Steven Alexander reported the issue on 2019-01-07. This version was then replaced on 2019-01-08, after Marlon Hill noticed extraneous words out of sequence at the end of the main list.

Effective Date

The Advisory Board has determined that this edition will take effect on March 1, 2019.

History

As soon as OTCWL2016 went to press, the Dictionary Committee began reviewing the longer words that had been proposed for inclusion in that edition, but omitted due to time constraints.

This edition includes new words from three sources:

  • OSPD6
  • MWCD (online edition)
  • the Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2nd edition), primarily for words of up to 10 letters and their inflections and root forms.

86 previously acceptable words were nominated for review; 12 of them were removed when no evidence was found supporting their original addition.

Changes

This edition includes 3,385 new words: 2 two-letter words, 1 three-letter word, 4 four-letter words, 23 five-letter words, 49 six-letter words, 65 seven-letter words, 88 eight-letter words, 181 nine-letter words, 1263 ten-letter words, 840 eleven-letter words, 415 twelve-letter words, 200 thirteen-letter words, 147 fourteen-letter words, and 107 fifteen-letter words. Complete lists of new words and definitions can be found in Member Services.

The following 12 words were deleted: CAZHER CAZHEST DREKKISH HALIOTES HALIOTISES INAPTER INAPTEST RABIESES SAPIDER SAPIDEST SUETIER SUETIEST.