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NWL2023

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The NASPA Word List 2023 Edition (NWL2023) is the third word list developed and edited by NASPA, and will be the official lexicon governing competitive play in the United States and Canada on February 29, 2024. It replaces NWL2020.

Availability

Print Edition

For licensing reasons, this book is a members-only publication, available only through the NASPA Store. As of 2024-02-23, the first publication date has not yet been scheduled.

Electronic Editions

NASPA members may download the word list and related files through Member Services in the following format:

NWL2023 (text)
All words found in the NASPA Word List (2023 edition) in a text file
NWL2023 (Windows text)
All words found in the NASPA Word List (2023 edition) in a Windows text file
NWL2023 New Words (Windows text)
New words added to the NASPA Word List (2023 edition) in a text file
NWL2023 New 2- to 8-Letter Words
New 2- to 8-letter words added to the NASPA Word List (2023 edition) in a text file
NWL2023 Deleted Words
Old words deleted from the NASPA Word List (2023 edition) in a text file


It is available for electronic study and tournament adjudication purposes in the NASPA Zyzzyva program, starting with version 3.4.0.

Developer Access

NASPA members who offer free software to our community are welcome to include NWL2023 in their products with appropriate credit and links, and should contact us for details.

Commercial developers are invited to contact us to discuss licensing terms.

Effective Date

The Advisory Board has determined that this edition will take effect on February 29, 2024.

History

The Dictionary Committee published its draft report on the new word list on 2023-09-28.

The Dictionary Committee published its final report on the new word list on 2023-10-26.