Adding proper nouns to the scrabble database

In 2010 the rules of the word game Scrabble where being changed for the first time in its history to allow the use of propoer nouns. Place names, people’s names and company names or brands are now counting. Until 2010 a few proper nouns had been allowed which were determined by a word list based on the Collins dictionary.

In Scrabble, players try to gain the highest points by making words with individual letter tiles on a grid board. Each letter tile has a points value between one and 10, based on the letter’s frequency in standard English. Various coloured squares on the board can double or triple a player’s points.

New Dimension

Games company Mattel said there was no hard and fast rule over whether a proper noun was correct or not.

A spokeswoman for the company said the use of proper nouns would “add a new dimension” to Scrabble and “introduce an element of popular culture into the game”.

She said: “This is one of a number of twists and challenges included that we believe existing fans will enjoy and will also enable younger fans and families to get involved.”

However, Mattel said it would not be doing away with the old rules altogether. It will continue to sell a board with the original rules.

Scrabble was invented in 1938 by American-born architect Alfred Butts. He later sold the rights and it was trademarked in 1948.

Now searchable in Wordhelp

After some complaints from our users we have now decided to add propoer nouns to our database and they are now searchable in the scrabble database. We added 245 countries and 7300 prominent cities like large cities and captials etc.

February 10, 2018

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Tips and tricks on how to beat your friends at Wordfeud

When you know the rules of Wordfeud and your vocabulary is increasing, you should start thinking about the tactics. Wordfeud is not only a word game, but also a math and strategic game. Start developing your tactical skills, and you will quickly become a better Wordfeud player, and improving your game drastically. We have put out some pointers for you to think about when playing, as a start.

  1. Don´t let the opponent put a word that crosses a orange or red square/position. On a Standard board there are 8 such dangerous areas. Be careful playing words towards these areas. Wait until your opponent does it, and take advantage of it.
  2. Save your good tiles so you can play 1 word with all your tiles in one play. This will trigger a Bingo and give you 40 extra points. Good tiles are normally letters that are included in many word endings. This makes it a lot easier to play 7 letter words.
  3. Learn short words that include high valued letter. These are J, Q, X, Z. Use the search tool to identify possible words and learn them by heart.
  4. Don´t hold back on your consonants, but be cheap with your vowels.
  5. Play tight not to give your opponent the possibility to play Bingo.
  6. If you can´t use your 7 tiles, don´t play 5 or 6. It´s easy for your opponent to get a long word with only a word ending if you play it up for him.
  7. Play short words, in the area that´s already used, with not more than 1 tile sticking out from the area. This so your opponent can´t use it to play out and use the bonus squares.
  8. Use the J well. It should be placed on a DL or TL square.
  9. Don´t enter the endgame with only consonants. And definitely not with a X that won´t go out. Swap tiles before there are only 7 tiles left in the bag.
  10. If you are unlucky with your starting tiles, swap as your first move. It´s often not many points to gather in the beginning, especially with a standard board.
  11. Most car brands are allowed.
  12. Try words even if you don´t know them. As you can try a word as many times you won´t, you don´t have anything to lose to try different combinations. That way you´ll also learn more words as you go.
  13. Count the tiles that are played. Then you know what´s left and can use that when you think about what word you can play, and also what the opponent might have (late in the game).
  14. Look for tales you can use, so you´ll play several words at the same time. You add one letter to an existing word, while you spell a new one away from that word.
  15. Always look for TW and DW you can take advantage of. If you see an opening for playing on a DL or TL square, plan so you use your tiles with a high value on that specific square.
  16. Learn unusual two letter words with high letter values that you can play close and on the existing words on the board.

Do you need help to find the words you need to beat your friends in the game? Start at

Good luck

June 18, 2017

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A complete list of all the Wordfeud rules you need to know

Before you can beat your friends in Wordfeud you need to know the rules of the game. Most people know how to play, but many doesn’t know about the rules of the game. They siply don’t use the possibilities they have when playing. Continue reading to learn the basic rules of Worfeud.

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The rules

    1. The player who invites to a Wordfeud game will start off the game. The first word have to cover the star in the middle of the board. You don’t have to start with the first letter on the star.
    2. When you choose a game you can either choose “random” board or “standard” board. Standard board means that it is a given board, with all special bonus positions/squares in the same place every time. DW, TW, DL and TL will always be in the same positions. A random board means that the DL, TL, DW and TW are placed at random every time. Random is more unpredictable, and will possibly give single word scores that can be extremely high, by combining the DL, TL, DW and TW positions. Some would say that it makes it more fun, as you can always catch up by getting a big score on a special word. The “professionals” and tournaments play the standard board.
    3. You can spell a word horizontally, to the right or downwards. It’s not allowed to spell upwards or to the left.
    4. At least one of the tiles you play must be placed adjacent to an existing board tile, except when you start and you have to use the star in the middle.
    5. Each player will receive 7 tiles to start, and you will refill up to 7 tiles when you use letters/tiles in the game, until there are no more tiles left to take from. There are a total number of 104 tiles in each game, as follows:

      Letters, points and numbers of tiles

      LetterPointsNumber of tiles
    6. The letters have a given value which is set (see table above), and the sum of the word will be the sum of the letter values. When all tiles is used the game is over. Or when the possible score for the player with the least amount of points (based on the tiles left and the possible words on the board) is less than the score of the opponent. You can also surrender at any given point in the game to finish it.
    7. You have 72 hours to play a word. If you exceed this limit, you will lose the game.
    8. A blank tile is a joker, and can represent any given letter, but will give 0 points to the sum of the word.
    9. DL stand for Double Letter value. Any tile put on a DL will contribute to double the value of the letter to the total score for the word.
    10. TL stands for Triple Letter value, and will triple the points of that specific letter.
    11. DW stands for Double Word count. If you manage to cover a DW with your word, your total sum of that word will be double the value of all letters used.
    12. TW stands for Triple Word count. This will triple the score of your word. * Letter multipliers are applied before considering word multipliers.
    13. So if you are able to get more than 1 of these bonus possibilities on 1 word, the score of your word will possibly be many times the sum of your letter values. If you cover 2 TW in 1 word, you will first triple the score, and then triple it again. This means 9 times the score of the word. So combine as many of the special bonus positions as possible.
    14. If you manage to use all tiles/letters available (which is 7) in 1 play you trigger something called a “BINGO”. This adds 40 points to your total score for the word.
    15. If a player is unable to form new words with the tiles at his disposal, he can instead choose to pass his turn to the opponent. If three passes are made in a row, the game will end and final scores are calculated according to the rules below.
    16. A player can choose to swap one or more of his tiles instead of playing a word. Note that this is only possible if there are at least seven remaining tiles in the bag.
    17. The game ends when one of the players has used all his tiles and there are no more tiles left in the bag, or after three consecutive passes. Points on remaining tiles are subtracted from each player’s score, then added to the opponent’s score if he used all his tiles.
    18. Not a rule, but in the top right corner you have a “chat” button. If you hit that you can write messages to your opponent for free. Nice way to chat with your friends while you play.
    19. You can play against your family and friends by adding them, or they add you. If you want to have a random opponent, you can choose ´find player´and an available player in the network will be chosen for your game.

    If you have read this far you might also want to read about our Worfeud Tips and Trics for tips on how to maximize your Wordfeud score.

    Find the words you need in to beat your friends in Wordfeud at

    June 18, 2017

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Wordhelp is saying hello to the world!

Its the 17th of April 2014 and Wordhelp wants to use the opportunity to say hello to the world. The site is up and running and you are now able to get help with the following games; Scrabble, Crossword, Words With Friends and Wordfued. Choose your game in the drowpdown menu and start searching. The results will not only give you the answers you need fast and accurate, but it will help you beat your friends and make you a winner!


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Wordhelp is saying hello to the world…

Another website is born

The idea with wordhelp was to create a site that will help you find the words you need in games such as Wordfeud, Words With Friends, Crosswords and Scrabble. Wordhelp makes it easy to find the words you are looking for and will help you beat your friends in exactly such games. At the moment this website is only supporting word games, but we hope to be able to add other word based tools like verb conjugation, thesaurus, quotes, acronyms, synonyms, antonyms, definitions and much more in the near future. Basically any tool that will help you solve your everyday problems.

Why wordhelp?

Word games are exciting and fun and you can learn while having fun. Many people will probably call this site a Scrabble helper or a Wordfeud cheater, but this site will help you find the words you need to beat your friends in exactly such games. Choose your game on the front page of this site and write in the letters you have in the search box, our search engine will do the job for you. It will scan the whole word list and serve you the results alphabetically and fast so you can choose the word that give you the highest point to beat your competitor.

Did you know…

…that Scrabble was invented in 1938 by the American architect Alfred Mosher Butts? The game is sold in 121 countries and is available in 29 languages; approximately 150 million sets have been sold worldwide and roughly one-third of American homes have a Scrabble set?

or that since Words With Friends was launch, the random opponent and chat features of the game have led to a number of romantic relationships? In 2009, Megan Lawless, of Chicago, began a game with a random opponent, Jasper Jasperse, who lived in the Netherlands. The two got to know one another via the game’s chat function and married in July 2011.

or that Wordfeud was created by the Håkon Bertheussen who grew up in a small town called Ålesund, in Norway? The game was made as an iphone application in 2010, and became so popular that by the end of 2011 he had earned over 3.000.000 dollars on this game. That’s 8046 dollars a day!

and last that probably more than 50 million people play crosswords just in America? Or that the world’s first crossword puzzle was written in 1862 and that the first “cross word” was “dream”?

April 17, 2014

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