There are all kinds of lists out there to improve one's Scrabble play. For instance, I have a book called Bob's Bible which helps with all kinds of anagrams and other unique groupings. Google search has given me nothing. I want to know is there a list out there of the most commonly played phonies?
I'm not a Scrabble expert, but to me it looks like you are going about this the wrong way. Your stated goals
- I learn for sure which words sound like words but really aren't so I don't play them.
- I become a better challenger. Part of the game (at least in tournaments) is to be able to recognize when your opponent has played a bad word. From my experience, this is an often neglected part of a new Scrabble player's development.
can both be achieved by learning all legal scrabble words. If you know all the legal words, anything that isn't one of those words is (obviously) an illegal word.
While this might sound like an insurmountable task, to me it sounds a lot more feasible than learning everything that isn't a word. The set of legal words is much smaller than the set of illegal words!
There is such a list, I've seen it. I can't swear to it 100%, but I think that it's in this book. As a matter of fact, I think it is in chapter 15 (use the "look inside" feature).Everything Scrabble
As a novice scrabble player, in my experience the most common "phonies" are real variants of real words that are simply not recognized by various scrabble dictionaries. This includes adding -s to many obscure nouns, or adding -er/-or or -ing to less common verbs.