I take exception to certain comments of Charles Trueheart in his capsule review {Style, June 9} of Barry Chamish's article in the June Atlantic, "Masters of the Tiles."

Trueheart expresses the view that Scrabble, "as it is played by grandmasters, . . . is almost unrecognizable, a test of memory banks packed with the absurd contents of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary -- words with no vowels, words with q's not requiring u's, words like 'oorie,' 'xu,' 'epopoeia,' 'ranid,' 'pyruvates,' 'bunn' and 'taroc.'"

Though I am an avid Scrabble player myself and am considered an expert by the organization that sanctions Scrabble tournaments and clubs, I find completely understandable Trueheart's distaste for the reduction of the great game of Scrabble to an exercise in mnemonics, keyed completely to the contents of one particular -- and far from perfect -- dictionary. I also find understandable his personal distaste for the few expert players (unlike those in my club in Northwest D.C.) who memorize words solely because they are useful for scoring points in Scrabble, without concerning themselves with the greater meaning or other significance of those words.

But Trueheart has been unfair in his characterization of the contents of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary as "absurd." Had Trueheart leafed through a copy of the OSPD, he would have learned, from the dictionary's explanatory section, that the OSPD is simply an amalgam of the entries found in one or more of "several current desk dictionaries."

I have verified that each of the words to which Trueheart refers -- including the "u"-less "q" words and the words with no vowels, such as "tsktsk" and "phht" -- can be found in either Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, The Random House College Dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition or Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary. All of these reference works are standard, widely used abridged dictionaries of the English language -- not weighty, pretentious tomes that purport to be "unabridged" lists of the words that are used in printed English. A similar search through these reference works yielded barely more than half of the words tossed at defenseless children in the finals of the recently conducted Scripps-Howard national spelling bee.

If Trueheart believes that the OSPD contains "absurd" entries, the editors of the standard abridged dictionaries, not the editors of the OSPD, should be taken to task. -- Harold J. Rennett