The North American Scrabble Players Association, has issued a list of 236 banned words – all deemed to be ‘offensive slurs’. The list is itself secret (presumably because even seeing such words would be catastrophic for the sensitive souls being protected). However, you can gain access to the list of banned words on a sealed section of the NASPA website (reminiscent of the ‘sealed sections’ of Cleo). And to access it you need to be a fully paid-up member of the NASPA and over 18-years-of-age. (Presumably a 17-year-old who stumbled across such a list would need therapy.) So be warned, next time you play Scrabble against a NASPA member, they will have secret information that may enable them to ban your triple word score.
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