SCRABBLE, ANYONE? #19: “Acceptable ABBREVIATIONS”

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Photo by Kevin Keelan
all rights reserved

> Actual abbreviations (requiring the punctuation mark) are not allowable in Scrabble, yet many words have morphed on lazy American tongues to be words themselves, in their abbreviated forms. Check these out:

(NOTE: New additions to the revised 5th Edition Official Scrabble Dictionary are listed in BOLDFACE type- AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM. Does this say something about the evolution of our lang…)

AB-  ABDOMINAL

ADMIN = ADMINISTRATION

AG = AGRICULTURE

ALTHO = ALTHOUGH

AMP = AMPLIFY

ANTHRO = ANTHROPOLOGY

AUTOBUS = BUS

BACCY = TOBACCO

BACH = BACHELOR

BAL = BALMORAL

BERG = ICEBERG

BI = BISEXUAL

BIO = BIOG = BIOGRAPHY

BISH = BISHOP

BIZ = BUSINESS

BLIN = BLINTZ = BLINTZE

BOWEL = DISEMBOWEL

BRA = BRASSIERE

BREKKIE = BREAKFAST

BRO = BROTHER

BURGER = HAMBURGER

CAF = CAFE OR CAFETERIA

CAMI = CAMISOLE

CAPPER = CAPMAKER

CARB = CARBURETOR

CARBO = CARBOHYDRATE

CARNY = CARNIVAL

CAZH = CASUAL

CHIMP = CHIMPANZEE

CHOC = CHOCOLATE

CIG = CIGARETTE

CIGGY = CIGARETTE

CIRCS = CIRCUMSTANCES

COB = CORNCOB

COMIC = COMEDIAN

COMM = COMMUNICATIONS

COMMISH = COMMISSIONER

CUZ = COUSIN

CONGRATS = CONGRATULATIONS

COON = RACCOON

COX = COXSWAIN

CRED = CREDIBILITY

CRIT = CRITICIS

CROC = CROCODIL

CUKE = CUCUMBE

DA = DAD

DEB = DEBUTANT

DOBE = ADOBE

DOOB = DOOBIE  (a marijuana cigarette)

DROID = ANDEROID

DURE = ENDURE

ECO = ECOLOGY

ED = EDUCATION

EL =  ELEVATED TRAIIN

EMBOWEL = DISEMBOWEL

EMERG =  EMERGENCY ROOM

ENORM = ENORMOUS

EVE = EVENTIDE = EVENING

FAB = FABULOUS

FAVE = FAVORITE

FLIP = FLIPPANT

FLUOR = FLOURITE

FRESH = FRESHEN

FRESHERS = FRESHMEN

FRIDGE = FRIG = REFRIGERATOR

FRIGHT = FRIGHTEN

GATER = GATOR = ALLIGATOR

GENT = GENTLEMAN

GIRO = AUTOGIRO

GLAM = GLAMOUR

GOLD = GOLDEN

GRAD = GRADUATE

GRAVE = ENGRAVE

GRAVER = ENGRAVER

GREE = AGREE

GRIZ = GRIZZLY BEAR

GROT = GROTTO

GUILE = BEGUILE

GUISE = DISGUISE

GUV = GOVERNOR

GYNIE/GYNO = GYNECOLOGIST

GYRO = GYROSCOPE

HABITANT = INHABITANT

HANKIE = HANKY = HANDKERCHIEF

HAP-  HAPPEN

HAPTIC = HAPTICAL

HATTER = HATMAKER

HAVIOR = HAVIOUR = BEHAVIOR

HEART = HEARTEN

HELO = HELICOPTER

HEPS = HEPETITIS

HETERO = HETEROSEXUAL

HICCOUGH = HICCUP

HIPPO = HIPPOPOTAMUS

HOLO = HOLOGRAM

HOMOSEX = HOMOSEXUALITY

HON = HONEYBUN

HOWLET = OWL

HYP = HYPOCHONDRIA

ILLUME = ILLUMINE = ILLUMINATE

IMPRO = IMPROV = IMPROVISATION

INFO = INFORMATION

INHAUL = INHAULER

INHERE = INHERENT

INTRO = INTRODUCTION

JUVIE = JUVENILE DELINQUENT

KBAR = KILOBAR

KRAUT = SAUERKRAUT

LAB = LABRATORY

LAV = LAVATORY

LIB = LIBERATION

LIMO = LIMOUSINE

LINO = LINOLEUM

LOCO = LOCOWEED

LOLLY = LOLLYPOP = LOLLIPOP

LUBE = LUBRICATE

MAD = MADDEN

MAG = MAGAZINE

MAID = MAIDEN

MATH = MATHEMATICS

MATRICS= MATRICULATION

MAYO = MAYONNAISE

MED = MEDICATION

MEG = MEGABYTE

MERC = MERCHANDISE

MERCH = MERCHANT

MIC = MICROPHONE

MID = MIDST = MIDDLE

MINNY = MINNOW

MO = MOMENT

MOC-  MOCCASIN

MONGST = AMONGST

MONO = MONONUCLEOSIS

MORN = MORNING

MURE = IMMURE

MUSO = MUSICIAN

MYTHIC = MYTHICAL

NAV = NAVIGATION

NEATH = BENEAT

NEMA = NEMATODE

NEOCON = NEOCONSERVATIVE

NEWB = NEWBIE

NUFF = ENOUGH

OBIT = OBITUARY

OFT = OFTTIMES = OFTEN

OPE-  OPEN

ORG = ORGANIZATION

PANTO = PANTOMIME

PAREN = PARENTHESIS

PHOTO = PIC = PHOTOGRAPH

PHOTOG = PHOTOGRAPHER

PINA = PINEAPPLE

PLAIN = COMPLAIN

PLAINT = COMPLAINT

PLEX = MULTIPLEX

PO = CHAMBER POT

POL-  POLITICIAN

POM = ???????

PORN = PORNO = PORNOGRAPHY

PRECIP = PRECIPITATION

PRENUP = PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT

PREZ = PRESIDENT

PRISON = IMPRISON

PROB = PROBLEM

PROF = PROFESSOR

PROMO = PROMOTE

PROSS = PROSSIE = PROSTIE = PROSTITUTE

PUD-  PUDDING

QUAG = QUAGMIRE

QUIN = QUINTUPLET

RAFF = RIFFRAFF

REB-  REBEL

RECON = RECONNITER

REF = REFEREE

REG-  REGULATION

REP = REPRESENT

REZ = INDIAN RESERVATION

RHINO = RHINOCEROS

RHOMB = RHOMBUS

ROO = KANGAROO

SAL-  SALT

SAN = SANATORIUM

SATCOM = SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS

SAX = SAXOPHONE

SCHIZO = SCHIZOID

SEC = SECANT

SEG = SEGREGATION

SEL-  SELF

SESH = SESSION

SH = SHH = SHUSH

SHROOM = MUSHROOM

SIB = SIBB = SIBLING

SIM-  SIMULATION

SIMP = SIMPLETON

SIS = SISTER

SITREP = SITUATION REPORT

SLAW = COLESLAW

SLOMO = SLOW MOTION

SMORG = SMORGASBORD

SOY = SOYBEAN

SOPH = SOPHOMORE

SPEEDO = SPEEDOMETER

STAT = STATISTIC

STENO = STENOGRAPHER

STROY = DESTROY

SUASION = PERSUASION

SYNTH = SYNTHESIZER

SYPH = SYPHILIS

TECHIE = TECHNICIAN

TECHNIC = TECHNIQUE

TEEN = TEENER = TEENAGE = TEENAGED = TEENAGER

TELE = TELLY = TELEVISION

TELECOM = TELECOMM = TELECOMMUNICATION

THO-  THOUGH

THORO = THOROUGH

THRO = THRU = THROUGH

TIX = TICKETS

TIZ = TIZZ = TIZZY

TOPO = TOPOGRAPHIC

TOT = TOTAL

TRAD = TRADITIONAL

TRANQ = TRANQUILIZER

TRIKE = TRICYCLE

TROTH = BETROTH

TROU = TROUSERS

TUM = TUMMY

TURBO = TURBINE

TURPS = TURPENTINE

TUX = TUXEDO

TYPIC = TYPAL = TYPICAL

UKE = UKELELE = UKULELE

ULTRA = ULTRAIST

UMP = UMPIRE

UNBATE = UNBATED

UNBID = UNBIDDEN

UNDIES = UNDERWEAR

UNGOT = UNGOTTEN

UNI = UNIVERSITY

UNIFIC = UNIFYING

UNSET = UNSETTLE

UPO-  UPON

URB-  URBAN

VAC-  VACUUM

VALE = VALLEY

VALKYR = WALKYRIE = VALKYRIE

VELD = VELDT

VEXIL = VEXILLUN

VIBE = VIBRATION

VID = VIDEO

VIG = VIGORISH

VILL = VILLAGE

VOCAB = VOCABULARY

WIN = WINNOW

WITCH = BEWITCH

XYST = XYSTOS = XYSTUS

YON = YOND = YONDER

YUP = YUPPY = YUPPIE

ZA = PIZZA

ZINE = MAGAZINE

Yeah- surprised me too…

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