Frequently Asked Questions
What is Wordtwist?
For those who are new to Wordtwist.org, you can read Wikipedia's description of the traditional game of Boggle or just read our quick primer, below.
The purpose of the game is to discover as many words as possible within a jumbled square of sixteen randomly selected letters. A valid word can only be formed if each letter is contiguous (i.e. side-by-side, above or below, or on the diagonal) with the next, and no letter position can be used more than once in any given word. If you look at the sample board at the top-right corner of this page, you'll see we can spell the word SUPER by starting with the S, then going diagonally to the U, then up to the P, diagonally to the E and finally, diagonally to the R. We could also make the word SPURT starting from the same title, but note that we could not make the word SPURTS, because the only contiguous S has already been used at the beginning of that word.
How are these games scored?
There are three criteria that determine the final score of any given word. The base score is determined by the word's length. Words that are 3 and 4 letters long have a base score of three. Five letter words are worth 4 points, Six letter words are 5 points, and onwards and upwards, one additional point for every additional letter. But we also factor in how common each word is in the English language and give bonuses for rare and unusual words. Finally, smaller bonuses are given for words which incorporate difficult letters such as Q, Z, X, J and K.
What dictionary is used on Wordtwist.org?
We rely on the standardized SOWPODS dictionary for all words considered valid on Wordtwist.org. On top of that we cross-reference it with a constantly-updated frequency-of-use wordlist to determine which words are in common or wide usage, and which are in rare and "ultra" rare usage. If you'd like to increase your scoring abilities, there's no better way than to familiarize yourself with our list of all valid 3-letter words in SOWPODS.
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