Dmitri Mendeleev's Ruining My Scrabble

questionmarkAs I just learned from Wikipedia, the periodic table of the chemical elements is a tabular method of displaying the chemical elements, first devised in 1869 by the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev. That's fine and dandy, but should these symbols be permitted in Scrabble?

Taryn says yes. In fact, she used bi the other day, the symbol for bismuth. I challenged because prefixes and abbreviations aren't allowed, but there it was, labelled a symbol. It just isn't right. The official rules don't say anything about symbols of the periodic table being illegal.

Can someone point me to something that says such symbols aren't allowed in Scrabble? I won that game anyways, but I'm still angry about it.

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Mike Boon

Sounds like I need to get ahold of Merriam-Webster's Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, 3rd Edition (OSPD3).

July 25, 2006 @ 8:53 AM

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