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The NASPA School Word List (2020 edition), NSWL2020, was edited by the NASPA Dictionary Committee in 2020, and incorporates changes made to the corresponding NWL2020 lexicon. Like its predecessors, it consists of those words that are acceptable in the regular NASPA Word List (NWL) that are considered appropriate for school use.


It will be available to NASPA members for electronic study and tournament adjudication purposes in the NASPA Zyzzyva program, starting with version 3.2.3. School SCRABBLE competitors may apply for a complimentary season membership to gain access to this tool.

It is also available for personal use as a free download (password required) through NASPA Member Services.


To view a list of differences between specific editions of NSWL and NWL, use Zyzzyva to search for words that are in one lexicon but not the other. There are 591 words that are in NWL2020 but not in NSWL2020; all words in NSWL2020 are in NWL2020.

Deleted words

14 words that appeared in NSWL2018 are not in NSWL2020.

A complete list of deleted words is available for our adult members in Member Services.