In honor of the game's five-year anniversary, Words With Friends released statistics on its most commonly-played words.
"Qi," that elusive two-letter Q word that even more elusively does not require a U, placed first with over 1 billion plays. To put that in context, over 58 billion words have been played total in "Words With Friends."
Other popular words include the far more reasonable "it" (568 million plays over the past five years), "he" (554 million), and "re" (547 million). "Jo" puts in a strong showing with 484 million plays and "za" has 471 million, whatever those mean.
But back to "qi:" It's hella controversial.
"Qi" divides families.
It turns friends into enemies.
It has the power to turn your day into a glorious beacon of triumph and possibility or plunge you into a chasm of despair.
So what ~does~ "qi" mean?
According to Dictionary.com (which a new version of Words With Friends will integrate with in order to provide in-game definitions [and thus cut down on potential screaming matches]), it's "'physical life force, 1850, from Chinese qi 'air, breath.'" Gotcha.
New Words With Friends also features a "Community Match" component that operates a whole lot like Tinder.
Unless, of course, they eff it all up.
Senior editor, noted cactus-killer.
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