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Cheat: Why are words not in the OED and word validator accepted?

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My real-life friend has an opponent who played OFUNKS and ARMOURJAW.  These are not words in the Word Validator or the OED. To us, this looks like some sort of cheat,as the opponent was allowed to get megapoints for words that should not be accepted.
asked 8 years ago in Dictionary by anonymous
edited 8 years ago by anonymous
I don't have an answer for you, just wanted to confirm that those "words" could not be found in Scrabble's tournament wordlist or the ENABLE wordlist used by WWF.

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I highly suspect game hacking, because these words don't look like the kind Zenga would look to add. The wordlist was supposedly locked down to prevent hacks, but hackers may have found a hole. Suggest your friend get in touch with Zenga and share screen shots with them. Keep in mind that if this happened on old version of the software, it's a non-issue.
answered 8 years ago by bloggermark Word Enthusiast (620 points)
It's zynga. Not zenga.
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The short answer: neither OFUNKS nor ARMOURJAW are valid words.

The long answer: To see the Words With Friends dictionary.

On a Mac go to ~Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Mobile Applications and copy "Words x.xx.ipa" to your Desktop (make sure you copy and don’t just move it). Note that x.xx is the version number, open the highest one for the current dictionary (this of course assumes you sync your iOS device to a computer).
 
If you use the free version then the file will be "Words Free x.xx.ipa". If you use the iPad version then the file will be "Words HD x.xx.ipa".
 
Right/Control click on the file and Open With… Archive Utility.app.
 
This will create a folder named "Words 4.00". 
 
Navigate inside "Words 4.00" to the Payload folder and go to "WordsWithFriendsPaid.app". 
 
Right/Control click on "WordsWithFriendsPaid.app" and Show Package Contents.
 
Look for the file "enable1.txt", copy it to your Desktop and rename it "Words 4.00 Dictionary.txt".
 
Open the file in your favorite text editor or word processor, I suggest either BBEdit or TextWrangler (both available on the MacAppStore, the latter free). TextEdit on the Mac will also work fine.
 
If you use Windows or a synced Android phone, I assume that the procedure is somewhat similar. I assume that an UnZip utility will unarchive a .ipa file and you can use WordPad, Word, Excel, or your favorite text editor to open "enable1.txt". 
 
NotePad under XP will not see the line breaks between words correctly in  "enable1.txt" and will import everything in a single line. Microsoft Excel will cut off the list at "gypsum", if saving to a non-.xlsx format.
 
Voila, you can now see the playable words IN YOUR VERSION OF THE SOFTWARE.
 
If you have an opponent playing words not in the word list then go to the Zenga Help Desk and report abuse they can ban his user ID and screen name from the system.
answered 8 years ago by scooteristi Word Freak (7,150 points)

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