Category: Strategy & Tips
Though you might not be aware of it, the letter Y is not one of the least frequently used letters in English. There are numerous words with Y that are pretty common and are not difficult to form when playing Scrabble. Its point value is not as high as the value of Z and Q (10 points each), so why should you find time to learn more Y words?
Things You Didn’t Know about Words with Y:
Y is a versatile letter
We’ve been taught that there are only five vowels and Y is a consonant. However, it can actually be considered as both a vowel and a consonant because it can be used in various ways.
Y is often interchangeable with the letter I, because it also has a vowel sound as in “baby,” “money,” “myth,” “typical,” “physics,” or “pyjamas.” It can also be the [j] sound found in the beginning of words such as “yes,” “yawn,” and “yolk,” or vowels that come after diphthongs as in “clay,” “bray,” or “toy.” Another sound is [ai] as in the words “hype,” “lying,” “cycling,” “hyphen,” “ally,” and “psychic.” Y can also have a sound that is combined with an R or a schwa as in the words “myrtle,” “myrrh,” and “martyr.” With these many kinds of sounds, Y is definitely a flexible letter you can easily use when playing Scrabble.
Y is an adjectival suffix
If you do not have any vowels and you only have the letter Y, check the Scrabble board again. Are there nouns or verbs that can be transformed into adjectives? If so, do those adjectives require a Y at the end? Find them and you can simply add the letter Y at the end of those words! So “cloud” becomes “cloudy,” “dirt” becomes “dirty,” “need” becomes “needy,” “greed” becomes “greedy,” and “stuff” becomes “stuffy.” What’s even better is if you are able to place the letter Y on a double- or triple-letter or word square, so its value isn’t “just” four points.
Y is international
Scrabble can be purchased in over a hundred countries and is manufactured in 29 language versions. Like Scrabble, the letter Y is also used in various languages aside from English. Some of these languages include Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Icelandic, Welsh, French, German, Turkish, and Finnish, all of which have their own Scrabble version. Hence, you not only expand your vocabulary of English words with Y, you can also go further and study foreign Y words! After all, it is highly advantageous to be multilingual these days. You can begin with learning words with Y from different languages. In addition, if you come across opponents from other countries, a good way to make friends with them is by inviting them to play Scrabble with you! Surprise them by forming words with Y in their language!
In case the number of language versions of Scrabble increases, take note of the other languages that use the letter Y: Scandinavian, Faroese, Albanian, Guarani, Vietnamese, Japanese, Filipino, Malagasy, and many more.
Examples of words with Y
Y can be found at the beginning, end, or within a lot of words, and many of them can be formed when playing Scrabble.
Words that have Y in the beginning:
Words that end in Y:
Words that contain Y:
There are so many words that have Y and it is easy to find lists of those words thanks to the Internet. Scrabble word finders or builders can be easily accessed online. They can make your study of words that contain Y more organized and systematic because you can sort them in various ways. Depending on what you need for a Scrabble game, you can search for words that start or end in Y. You can also sort the generated words according to the points they result in so you will know the best ones to play.
Whether you’re curious about why Y is important in Scrabble or how to improve your vocabulary of words with Y, it is undeniable that this letter can be used in so many words.
There are many kinds of Scrabble players, but not as many as the number of words with U. The letter U is the least frequently used vowel, as opposed to the letter E, which is the most frequently used. However, the fact that it is the least used vowel should not be a hindrance to any kind of Scrabble player. Learning U words can be helpful in ensuring a win; after all, you can’t spell victorious without a U! So what kind of Scrabble player are you?
Types of Players That Need Words with U:
Players with the letter Q
The letter Q is one of the most difficult letters to use in Scrabble, especially if you do not have the letter U. So when you have both letters, you can form high-scoring words as long as you have a vast knowledge of qu-starting words and it is also helpful if the letter Q is placed on a double- or triple-letter or word square. After all, Q is worth ten points! The following are some words that have “qu”:
Players who have the letter N
When you have both the letters N and U, but you don’t know what word to form, check the Scrabble board. Are there words there that can carry the prefix “un-“? If yes, then you can simply add “un” in the beginning of such words! It is a quick and easy play that can still result in decent points. So “do” becomes “undo,” “lucky” becomes “unlucky,” “happy” becomes “unhappy,” “screw” becomes “unscrew,” and many more.
Players who have a lot of vowels
Ideally in Scrabble, for your seven letters to be considered balanced, you should have 4 vowels and three consonants. Of course this does not always happen. In fact, you have probably experienced either having too many consonants or too many vowels. When you have a shortage of consonants, there are vowel-rich words that have the letter U, such as the following:
Players who know the different sounds of U
Like most letters, U can have different sounds: short, long, schwa. Not many people are consciously aware of this, but for Scrabble players who do, then forming words with U is easy for them.
First, U can have a short sound as in the words “cub,” “bug,” “us,” “bum,” and “gum.” Words with the long sound of U, on the other hand, include the following: “cute,” “mute,” “flute,” “brute,” and “put.” The schwa sound can be found in words like “supply,” “focus,” “campus,” “support,” and “truck.”
There is no doubt that Scrabble is a fun game to play. However, it can also get pretty competitive especially among those who are non-casual players of the game. These players make it a point to use every letter they can in every possible way. Therefore, one of their goals is to use the most difficult Scrabble letters as soon as possible, and U is one of them. Even if the letter U is only worth a point, when combined with higher scoring letters like J, Q, or Z can yield greater scores. Even if you are not that competitive, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. After all, you can’t spell fulfilment without U!
Players who need to be uplifted
This kind of players is the opposite of competitive ones. They often give up easily. The letter U can help them be reminded that there are so many words with U! Learning those U words may take a long time, but it will all be worth it once they begin getting the hang of using them in Scrabble.
Players who want something short but sweet
While it definitely won’t get you a high score most of the time, knowing some really short words with U can help you if you’re in a bind. And learning these words won’t even take but a few minutes of your time. It also is worth mentioning that some of these 2-letter U words have a high scoring letter in them. Here’s the list: yu, xu, ut, us, ur, up, un, um, uh, ug, ou, nu, mu, and gu.
Although the letter U is the least used vowel, learning words with U is worth your time and effort regardless of the kind of Scrabble player you are. They can be your ultimate ticket to understanding Scrabble more and bring you closer to your utmost desire of winning more games.