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Families have bonded over board games for generations. They’ve also fought like crazy over them for generations. Luckily, for the competitor in all of us, the secret to winning at Scrabble has finally been discovered.

While most people think long words packed with high-scoring letters like “x” “z” and “q” are the best way to beat opponents, Scrabble experts have revealed that shorter words are actually the best way to go.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the secret has been discovered in a somewhat unlikely place – Nigeria, which lays claim to the most top-200 Scrabble players than any other country. The national team (yep, world championship Scrabble does exist!) has found success by opting for four- and five-letter words, even when there’s possibility for longer options.

If you’re wondering why, the championship team says playing longer words gives opponents an advantage, in that it offers more opportunities to play off that word. Also, using up all your letters on one huge-scoring whopper leaves you with a much greater chance of picking up a bad batch the next turn.

Have you tried this method before? Do you have a Scrabble secret of your own? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

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