The most important thing about Scrabble rules is, I suppose, that the individual players of a particular game agree on which rules are to be observed and how strictly the rules are to be enforced.
That’s my opinion anyway, Scrabble Purists may find this entire OP completely offensive.
I have one particular friend with whom I play Scrabble quite regularly.
Yesterday, I had an opportunity to spell UNCLEAN, using 6 of my letters (building off a present “L”). My one remaining letter was an “S”.
Now, I’m an O.K. Scrabble player but never in my life have I ever actually gotten a “Scrabble”, use of all seven of my letters on one turn. Here I was, so close to a full-on Scrabble! And the one letter I have left, an “S”, about the most usable letter in the English language!!!
So, before taking my turn, I asked my friend: “Can the word ‘unclean’ only be an adjective, or can it be an adjective or a verb like the word ‘clean’? ‘He, she, or it uncleans’ Or could ‘unclean’ ever be used as a noun to refer to a thing that is unclean, the plural of which could be uncleans???”
Now, I realized I was skating on thin ice, as I myself have never heard or read the word “uncleans”. My friend agreed that it wasn’t so far a stretch of the imagination that someone might use “unclean” as a noun or a verb, so she allowed me to use it.
Again, the Scrabble Purists may balk but for this particular Scrabble Match-Up the two players were in agreement and there was no dispute.
THE POINT OF THE THREAD:
Today, out of curiosity, I thought I’d Google the word “uncleans” and I got over 2,000 hits. Surprisingly, a great number of the hits came from discussions amongst Coin Collectors- apparently ancient coins, archaeologically unearthed, that have not been cleaned and polished are referred to as “uncleans”.
Thus this thread was inspired.
A Google search will include spelling errors.
A Google search will include slang.
A Google search will include neologisms.
A Google search will include portmanteaux.
A Google search will include misdeclined, or misconjugated words, and various other mistakes.
Given the tainted results of a Google Search: if you were to base the Scrabblability or a word upon the Googlability of the word, how many Google Hits would you demand before deeming the word acceptable?