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The Most Popular Word In Words With Friends Is Totally Obnoxious

And if you play, chances are it's both made and ruined your day.

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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.

I'm against the death penalty in all* circumstances. *except people who use "Qi" in Words with Friends

Sea Tea@Tierno158Follow

I'm against the death penalty in all* circumstances.

*except people who use "Qi" in Words with Friends

8:27 PM - 27 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Qi" divides families.

"Qi? What the hell is she doing. Qi isn't even a word." - my mom playing words with friends with my gramma

Allie Boucher@AllieBoucher12Follow

"Qi? What the hell is she doing. Qi isn't even a word."
- my mom playing words with friends with my gramma

4:47 PM - 05 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mom just yelled at bobby for using the word qi on words with friends because it annoys her.

Morgan White@mdw18Follow

Mom just yelled at bobby for using the word qi on words with friends because it annoys her. ??

9:46 PM - 09 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It turns friends into enemies.

Words With Friends needs to be renamed Words With People I Was Friends With Until I Swore At Them For Playing 'Qi'.

Darren Sharp@darrenmsharpFollow

Words With Friends needs to be renamed Words With People I Was Friends With Until I Swore At Them For Playing 'Qi'.

5:54 PM - 08 Jul 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ever wonder which of your friends would lose all sense of morality in a war situation? It's the ones who play 'Qi' in Words With Friends.

Sarah Mardston@Sarah_MardstonFollow

Ever wonder which of your friends would lose all sense of morality in a war situation? It's the ones who play 'Qi' in Words With Friends.

7:56 PM - 10 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It has the power to turn your day into a glorious beacon of triumph and possibility or plunge you into a chasm of despair.

Today was off to a good start & then someone dropped a "QI" triple word score on me in Words With Friends & now damn this day all to hell.

Andy H.@AndyAsAdjectiveFollow

Today was off to a good start & then someone dropped a "QI" triple word score on me in Words With Friends & now damn this day all to hell.

8:19 AM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I've won @WordsWFriends using the "word" qi so many times. Still refuse to look it up

Russ Palmer@RussPalmerFollow

I've won @WordsWFriends using the "word" qi so many times. Still refuse to look it up

1:16 AM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

Alternate definition:

qi: [1] circulating life force whose properties form the basis of much chinese philosophy. [2] easiest way to play Q in words with friends.

Run2Eat™@Run2EatFollow

qi: [1] circulating life force whose properties form the basis of much chinese philosophy. [2] easiest way to play Q in words with friends.

12:37 PM - 05 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Unless, of course, they eff it all up.

might end a relationship over his repeated use of "QI" in words with friends

Dan D'Addario@DPD_Follow

might end a relationship over his repeated use of "QI" in words with friends

12:49 PM - 11 Dec 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

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