What are the permissible two-letter words in Scrabble?

Dear Cecil:

Cecil, how about something for us Scrabble freaks? A list of all the usable two-letter words would be fantastic!

Cecil replies:

Oh, me no do it. If so, it do me in.

Dear Cecil:

In the tradition of your loyal readers bailing you out when the heavy responsibility of having to know everything starts to sink you, I hereby offer a list of the usable two-letter Scrabble words:

AA AW DO FA IT MY OP SH WE AD AX EF GO JO NA OR SI WO AE AY EH HA KA NO OS SO XI AH BA EL HE LA NU OW TA XU AI BE EM HI LI OD OX TI YA AM BI EN HO LO OE OY TO YE AN BO ER ID MA OF PA UN AR BY ES IF ME OH PE UP AS DA ET IN MI OM PI US AT DE EX IS MU ON RE UT

This 86-word list comes from Scrabble Players, which has competitive clubs throughout the United States.

Cecil replies:

Scrabble knowledge having progressed at a dizzy pace, the number of two-letter Scrabble words recognized in the U.S. has now risen to 96 — here’s a list with definitions, courtesy of San Jose Scrabble Club No. 21. Ought to be enough for anyone, but if it’s not you’re welcome to adopt the anything-goes approach favored in the UK, where it’s said they recognize 101.

Mo

Fine. Now San Jose (as of May 15, 2010, anyway) recognizes 101 too.

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