Especially for those coming to the Scrabble FAQ from outside the competitive Scrabble community, knowledge of its slants may be helpful.
Due to my exclusive play and predominant contacts in North American Scrabble, the information and perhaps the attitudes in the FAQ are heavily slanted towards practices, methods and publications from there.
Also, I know mostly about Scrabble play in English worldwide, since my reading in other languages is limited.
I am against merging the British lexicon, OSW, into that used in North America, OSPD.
In brief, my reason is that an unabridged dictionary isn't a desirable reference for Scrabble play, and is disproportionate for merger with the union of North American collegiate dictionaries that is OSPD/OWL. Those decrying opposition as resistance to using all words available seem to me to be deceiving themselves, since almost no one suggests moving from a North American college-level to a North American unabridged dictionary.
I try to be fair to double-dictionary and its advocates, especially since it's my guess the other side will win, sooner or later. I favor allowing play under the merged dictionary to be considered official and rated in North America.
At this writing, Hasbro is planning a 24-player invitational "All-Stars" tournament cosponsored by ESPN. On the purported ground that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the Federal Communications Commission's power to ban certain words from broadcast, it is planned that a short list of specially unplayable words will be provided by ESPN.
Perhaps curiously, as Scrabble FAQ's maintainer I am not, like some in the community of competitive players, eager for competitive Scrabble to gain sponsorships, bring in millions of players, or otherwise "take off." (A few of the eager dream of it lining their pockets.) Rather, I wish players who'd enjoy the competitive scene would find and join it. The Scrabble FAQ has been promoting Scrabble on Usenet and (later) the World Wide Web with this in mind since 1993.
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