Scrabble/Two Letter Words

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Having a knowledge of all of the two-letter words will greatly improve your Scrabble gameplay, either when you need to build off an existing tile to form a new word, or at the end of the game when you have two or three tiles left and need to dump them off as quickly as possible. Two-letter words are also very useful when playing a new word parallel (alongside, above, or beneath) to an existing word.

TWL 2-letter words[edit]

There are 107 acceptable 2-letter words listed in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 5th Edition (OSPD5) and the Official Tournament and Club Word List (OTCWL, or simply, TWL):

  • AA, AB, AD, AE, AH, AI, AL, AM, AN, AR, AS, AT, AW, AX, AY
  • BA, BE, BI, BO, BY
  • CH
  • DA, DE, DI, DO
  • EA, ED, EE, EF, EH, EJ, EL, EM, EN, ER, ES, ET, EX ,
  • FA, FE, FY
  • GI, GO, GU
  • HA, HE, HI, HM, HO
  • ID, IF, IN, IO, IS, IT
  • JA, JO
  • KA, KI, KO, KY
  • LA, LI, LO
  • MA, ME, MI, MM, MO, MU, MY
  • NA, NE, NO, NU, NY
  • OB, OD, OE, OF, OH, OI, OM, ON, OO, OP, OR, OS, OU, OW, OX, OY
  • PA, PE, PI, PO
  • QI
  • RE
  • SH, SI, SO, ST
  • TA, TE, TI, TO
  • UG, UH, UM, UN, UP, UR, US, UT
  • WE, WO
  • XI, XU
  • YA, YE, YO, YU
  • ZA, ZO, ZE

CSW 2-letter words[edit]

All TWL-acceptable 2-letter words are in Collins Scrabble Words (CSW). There are 19 2-letter words that are acceptable in only CSW, making a total of 124 CSW-acceptable 2-letter words:

  • CH#
  • DI#
  • EA#, EE#
  • FY#
  • GU#
  • IO#
  • JA#
  • KO#, KY#
  • NY#
  • OB#, OO#, OU#
  • ST#
  • UG#, UR#
  • YU#
  • ZO#


In particular, knowing the two-letter words containing JKQXZ will go a long way, as they can be used for huge scoring plays. For example, placing an X on a TLS and playing parallel easily nets 50+ points.