Scrabble players can now relish the new words added to its dictionary as it gets an updated lexicon.
The sixth edition of Merriam-Webster’s “Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” includes 300 words such as twerk, beatdown, and sriracha. And it finally adds a common two-letter word that players have been waiting to use for decades: OK.
‘For a living language, the only constant is change,’ said Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster. ‘The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary evolves to keep up with English as it is used today.’
The game has received new life from additions like the nutty two-letter word ‘Ew’, These changes are significant reflections of how much the English language has evolved in the recent past. The last additions were made four years ago.
Entries like sheeple (One of Cool FM’s Daddy Freeze favourite words) and listicle are derived from Internet lingo.
‘Additions like these will add a new layer of fun to game night, making gameplay even more entertaining and relevant,’ said Jonathan Berkowitz, President of Hasbro Brands.
‘Q’ words are always tough, especially those without a ‘u’ in them. You can now stop cussing when you pick a Q and don’t have ‘u’ with additions like Qapik, a unit of currency in Azerbaijan.
The new words still keep with all the traditional rules of the games. All words must come from the standard dictionary. No abbreviations, capitalized words or words with punctuation are allowed.
‘Scrabble has been a game night staple for 70 years, and we’re excited to bring the game into its next decade,’ added Berkowitz.
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