Category: Strategy & Tips

Words With V

June 28, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Words with VYou can’t spell “victory” without the letter V, but it is not the only word that has V in it. Compared to Q, X, and Z, V is more frequently used in various words. Forming words with V when playing Scrabble can be your ticket to victory, so you better begin adding more V words to your vocabulary.


The Importance of Knowing More Words with V:

• Get validated

Before playing any word that has V in it, you have to make sure that it is valid. Scrabble has rules that you need to follow, otherwise, victory may not be as near as you’d think. You can form different kinds of words with V: nouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc. For nouns, you can use both common and proper nouns, so names of people, places, companies, and the like are acceptable. Aside from playing valid moves, the sense of validity you get from playing and winning those V words is priceless.

• Having variety

Learning more words with V can also give you more moves other than the most commonly used Scrabble words or words that are easy to form. Being a person with a wide variety of vocabulary words can make you a Scrabble expert, as well as be someone who knows how to use the right words at the right time. You don’t have to limit yourself to words that begin with V or have V in them, but starting with those words can jumpstart your vocabulary expansion and make you a versatile Scrabble player.

• V is valuable

In Scrabble, V is one of the most valuable letters because it has a higher point value than vowels or more commonly used consonants. The letter V is worth four points. You probably think that it is “just” four points, but if you double or triple that, you get more points! Therefore, playing words that have V should be partnered with strategic placement of the valuable tile on a double- or triple-letter or word square. You have to make it count because there are only two V letter tiles in Scrabble, making it even more valuable. Keep in mind that you don’t even have to be the one to draw the tile from the bag in order to utilize this letter. Even if it’s your opponent who places the letter V on the board, you can still use your vast vocabulary of V words to build off on your opponent’s word.

• Become venturesome

There are many kinds of adventures and they are not only found in books or movies; you can also have word game adventures! Being adventurous means you have the willingness to take on a task or basically be a risk-taker. In Scrabble, there are times that you need to take risks and forming words with V can be a risky but rewarding move. It is risky because you do not know the letters that your opponent has, and he or she may be able to form words using your words. However, you can still be venturesome: play those words that have V, and you may easily become a veteran at winning.

• Become verbal

When learning words, it’s also a good idea to say them aloud. This will help when you start memorizing words that contain the letter V. Knowing a word is not complete without learning its pronunciation, which is important in verbal communication. Improving your verbal communication skills can assist you in making more friends, who can later on be your Scrabble buddies. The more buddies you have, the more chances for you to practice playing Scrabble and have great vocal firepower.

• Become vibrant

A colourful life involves a good balance of work and fun, and forming words that have V allows you to have a vibrant Scrabble experience. You work hard to study and memorize those words containing the letter V, and when you are able to use them in Scrabble, the fun starts! You begin to feel energized and enthusiastic, and that vibrant personality can motivate you to improve more and eventually win more Scrabble games.

• Become victorious with words with V

Ultimately, learning words that have V is your pass to becoming a victorious Scrabble player.  There are over a thousand words that begin with V, and even more words that contain it. To give you a taste, below are some V words that you might want to remember.















Why feel vulnerable when playing Scrabble, if you can valiantly defeat your opponents by simply forming words with V? Being a voracious vocabulary builder is vital if you want to be always victorious in Scrabble!

Words With X

June 28, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Words with XThe letter X is one of the least frequently used letters in the English alphabet. Therefore, it is one of the higher scoring letters in word games like Scrabble, Words with Friends, and the like. The usual value of X in most word games is 8, so forming words with X can greatly increase your score, especially when the X is placed on a double- or triple-letter or word square. Hence, it is a good strategy to learn many words that have the letter X to gain a bit of an advantage over your opponents. Playing X words can be your solution if you want to win more word games.


Number of words with X:

Even if it is not frequently used compared to other letters like vowels, there is still a good number of words that contain the letter X. Today’s English dictionaries have around 120 words that begin with the letter X. This number is a combination of common and proper nouns like names of people, places, and even events. If you include obscure English words, the total number of words that start with X increases to 400.

The total number of words that contain the letter X, on the other hand, is a different story. Even if X less frequently used, there are actually so many words that have X in them. These words have word lengths that range from 2 to around 8 letters.


Where to find word lists:

Because of the Internet, you can easily search for words with X. There are different sites that can provide you with lists of such words.

First, you can use Scrabble finder sites.  These sites have so many word lists for each letter of the English alphabet; you simply have to input the specific letter you need and click the “Get Words!” button. Once you’ve done this, you will be presented with lists of the words that have your search letter, which in this case, is the letter X. The words are grouped according to the number of letters they have, so sorting through them is quite easy.

You can also use word builder sites. These sites allow you to enter the letters you have from your current word game, then they generate a list of words that contain the letters you have entered. Depending on the site, you can sort the generated words according to various factors. You can sort them according to the scores they result in depending on the word game you’re playing, allowing you to play the best possible words. Some sites allow you to sort through the generated words alphabetically or by their length, which is useful when considering the special boxes that carry multiplier points in the word game you’re currently playing.


Examples of Words that begin with X:

To get you started on improving your vocabulary and word game tactics, here are some examples of words that begin with the letter X:

Xi – a Greek letter

Xu – a monetary unit of Vietnam

Xyst – a roofed area where athletes trained in ancient Greece

Xebec – a Mediterranean sailing vessel

Xeric – requiring only a small amount of moisture

Xyster – a surgical instrument for scraping bones

Xanthan – a gum produced by bacterial fermentation

Xenogamy – the transfer of pollen from one plant to another

A lot of these words are proper nouns. If you’re going to use them make sure that the word game you’re playing allows the use of proper nouns, medical terms, or even obscure English words for your play to be considered valid.


Examples of words with the letter X:

Many X words in the following examples are pretty common and recognizable, so you can easily memorize them. The most common two-letter words that have X in them are “ax,” “ex,” and “ox.” You can also memorize their plurals and other forms like “axe,” “axes,” “exes,” and “oxen.” Other examples include box, fax, apex, axis, exit, flux, jinx, affix, annex, exact, reflex, unisex, cashbox, mixture, detoxify, and oxymoron.

The root words, plural forms, and other derivatives of many of the mentioned words also have the letter X in them, so they can easily fill up your growing list of words with X.


Why you should learn these words:

As mentioned earlier, X has a higher value than other letters; hence, using words with X in them can almost always guarantee better scores, particularly if you combine them with multipliers like the double- or triple-word or letter squares. In addition, knowing these words can greatly enrich your vocabulary.

Being aware of words with X in them certainly marks the spot if your goal is to increase your chances of winning more word games.