Hanging With Friends is a multiplayer puzzle game by Zynga where you guess the secret word your opponent has entered. It’s like Hangman, without the lynching.

Zynga has been kind enough to share the top five most-played Hanging With Friends words with GamesBeat, just because we were curious (and thought you might be too). This is likely the only time you’ll see the words “sexy” and “zits” next to each other.

  1. Hoax
  2. Quad
  3. Sexy
  4. Zits
  5. Quiz

And here are the most-played Words With Friends words — they sound a lot like a Skyrim shout when said in a row:

  1. Qi
  2. To
  3. Re
  4. It
  5. He

The problem with Qi, in particular, is that once you use it on someone, they’ll start using it too, even though they have no idea what it means.


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According to Record Setter, the highest scoring Words With Friends word of all-time is “oxyphenbutazone,” which racked up 1,672 points in a single move. It’s an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat arthritis. Duh.

Zynga also blogged some stats for its newest “With Friends” title, Scramble With Friends:

  • Over seven million Scramble With Friends rounds are played each day, with players finding an average of 30 words per round.
  • Players are unscrambling 50 million five-letter words each day and choosing the “inspiration” boost 50% of the time to increase their score.

And lastly, for those with ADHD like me, here’s a bunch of Zynga-related information in a colorful infographic:

“That was awesome Sebastian, give us more!”


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