5 letter words for Scrabble and Words with Friends
5-Letter words plague the speech and writings of English speakers every day. Even the simplest sentence MIGHT contain WORDS such as ABOUT, WHICH, THESE, or THOSE. Anyone’s daily vocabulary is also rich in words with five letters, regardless of their occupation.
For example, starting with the letter H, we have common words such as HOUSE, HOURS, HUMAN, HUMOR, HEART, HELLO, HEAVY, and HAPPY, just to name a few.
This frequency means that, in all probability, you already have a heavily built knowledge of 5-letter words. Learning a few more does not hurt, especially if they are high-scoring and rare, but overall you should already be doing pretty good.
The bad news is that 5-letter words are the least used in Scrabble and Words with Friends.
Why are 5-letter words rarely used?
Words with this length are often avoided at board word games for strategic reasons. In games such as Scrabble and Words with Friends blocking the opponent from building high-scoring words is almost as important as creating them ourselves.
The problem with 5-letter words is that they have a tricky length. Most of them are words to which it is easy to add a short end to change them. If the opponent adds something to it to transform it into a different term, then they will collect the score of the original 5-letter word plus the points of the letters they added.
Let us take some of the examples of 5-letter words mentioned before. HOUSE (9 points) can turn into HOUSEWORK (19 points), HEART (8 points) can become HEARTBREAK (19 points) and HUMOR (10 points) can transform into HUMORESQUE (24 points).
On top of it, many 5-letter words end in -Y or -S, useful letters to build larger words. For instance, those containing or ending in -NESS or LESS.
What are the highest-scoring 5-letter words?
The highest-scoring word you can make using solely your rack is JAZZY, with 33 points, followed by FEZZY, FIZZY, FUZZY, and WHIZZ with 29 points.
Without using the letter Z or a white tile, the next best option is an assortment of words worth 21 points: JACKY, JIFFY, and QUAKY.
What are the lowest-scoring 5-letter words?
The lowest score you get with a word with this length is 5 points. These are terms containing only letters that are worth 1 point, that is, vowels and frequent consonants in the English language such as S, T, R, L, and N.
Common words worth only 5 points include LOSER, LITER, ISSUE, or EERIE, for instance.