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So I was playing Words with Friends for iOS, and I thought I was cleverly using up my "Q" without a "U" by playing "Qatar". However my word was rejected.

Are there any place names, such as landmarks, cities, countries etc that are allowed in Words with Friends?

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I think it would be better to restrict your question to Words With Friends; there's no guarantee each game has similar rules, and a broad question about Scrabble and its clones sounds like a question about Board and Card Games. – Dave DuPlantis Feb 1 '12 at 13:36
up vote 8 down vote accepted

All names starting with capital letter are forbidden. Places, cities, countries, rivers, but also first and last names,

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To clarify though, there are some words that are proper nouns that are also 'regular' words (i.e. sally, japan, polish, etc) – Gwen Feb 1 '12 at 9:04
What does the word 'japan' mean? (as opposed to 'Japan', the country) I understand your other examples, but I've never come across 'japan' before. – Chris Browne Feb 1 '12 at 12:23
@chris browne - I believe it something to do with a coating on metal, like a lacquer layer on tools, etc. – Kurley Feb 1 '12 at 13:29
@Chris, Kurley's right: it can refer to either a hard, durable, black varnish or the process of applying it. I didn't know it was an acceptable word either. – Dave DuPlantis Feb 1 '12 at 13:39
I'm never playing scrabble with @Gwen. – Chris Browne Feb 1 '12 at 14:29

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