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The Official Tournament and Club Word List (2014 Edition) (OTCWL2014) is a major new edition of the Official Tournament and Club Word List, and will be the official lexicon governing competitive play in the United States and Canada starting December 1, 2014.
OTCWL is scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2014. As of early August, no electronic study or word judge edition is available, and the Advisory Board ruled at its August 9 meeting that if necessary, the effective date for the new edition would be delayed until two months after the AB determines that such software is available.
Work began on OTCWL2014 soon after the establishment of NASPA in 2009, with NASPA and Merriam-Webster negotiating the scope of the changes involved, including the new word references to be used. Then lexicographers from both organizations started working in parallel, with the MW team searching for suitable words that had been added to the MW database since the last edition, and the NASPA Dictionary Committee (DC) looking for new words in the Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition, and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 2nd edition.
OTCWL2014 is the third in the OTCWL series, and its working title was OWL3. The name was changed however, due to two concerns. One was that with the inclusion of longer words of 10–15 letters, the nature of the book had fundamentally changed; the other was that the name of the first two volumes had been prefaced by the name of our predecessor organization, the NSA, and that our new book therefore technically had a different name.
This edition sees new words from three sources:
It includes for the first time words of up to 15 letters, which were formally only available separately in the Long List
It includes almost 9,000 words that will be newly acceptable in competitive play. The more widely publicized figure of 5,000 new words refers to those that are being added to the shorter OSPD5. 51% of the new words are coincidentally found in the international CSW2012 lexicon; the rest are not.
No words have been deleted.
The following two-letter words are new to this edition: DA GI PO TE.
The following new three-letter words are back hooks for two-letter words: DAS DEP DOH EMO EST FAH GIF GIS HOM HOO LAH LOR MAM MEH MES MMM MOI MUX NAV NUG OIK OMA OPA ORG OWT PAK POS REZ SHO SIG SOC SOH TEC TES TIX TIZ UMS UNI YAS YER YEZ.
This edition has 66 new three-letter words.
OTCWL2014 will initially be available only for sale at the 2014 National SCRABBLE Championship in Buffalo, with mail order available later in August, 2014.
There will be an announcement from Merriam-Webster later in August about the availability of OTCWL2014-enabled mobile apps and websites. There are no plans to license the product to Franklin.
Negotiations are underway to license electronic copies of OTCWL2014 for use by software developers in our community.