Surprising Words That Will Help You Win 'Words With Friends'

words with friendsIf you're among the millions of people playing Words With Friends on your smartphone, then I don't need to tell you just how addicting the word game can be. Even for those of us eternally optimistic folks who, ahem, might not be the most adept players and lose to our boyfriends on a daily basis, it's just one of those things we have a hard time putting down.

Most of us are quite familiar with the following classic strategy for winning at Words With Friends: Drop a tile with a high number of points (for instance, a Q or Z) on a double or triple word space and then use trial and error with the remaining tiles to guess and find a usable word. But wouldn't it be awesome if you had another secret weapon in your arsenal to guarantee that you always come out the winner? Here are some surprising words to commit to memory that you can use in a pinch to win!

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"QI"

It's possible you already know this one, but if you don't, here's why this word -- which means "vitality" in Chinese -- can be a game-changer. Tiles with "I" are very common and even if you don't have one, it's likely you can find a playable one on the board, hopefully near a double or triple word space. Drop your Q next to it and you can earn up to 42 points.

 

"QAT"

This word (meaning evergreen plant) can be a life-saver if you can't for the life of you get a U tile. Oh, and if you have a rogue "S" tile, you can add it to the end; QATS counts as a word, too.

 

"ZA"

I think we all know what "Za" is (pizza), but did you know that this acceptable two-letter word (of which there are many) can come to your rescue? Now you do!

 

"EX"

It's always smart to have a few "X" words in your arsenal in case one won't come to you. In addition to "EX," the word "XIS" could work, too.

 

"AA," "EE," "AE," "OE"

If you are like me, you always have way too many vowels and not nearly enough consonants. These words will come in extra handy.

What's the craziest word you ever used in Words With Friends?

 

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