Scrabble enthusiasts, this is the deal.
With roughly 500 new terms and their variations added to the game’s official glossary, including words like stan, sitch, convo, zedonk, dox, and fauxhawk, your conversations around the board are about to get more intriguing.
The seventh edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” which comes out this month, adds more than 100,000 terms with two to eight letters.
Thanks to a long-standing collaboration between Hasbro and Merriam-Webster, the book was last updated in 2018.
The list of new terms includes some brand names that have become generic (like dumpster), some abbreviations for joy, like guacamole, and a mouthwatering array of verb tenses, such torrented, torrenting, adulted, adulting, atted, and atting (as in don’t at me, bro).
In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, said, “We also converted verb into a verb so you can play verbed and verbing.”
Sokolowski had a smile and a word-nerd sparkle in his eye.
According to him, the newcomer with the highest possible score is the fauxhawk, a haircut resembling a mohawk.
Biggen, a verb that means to get larger, is one of the surprising. I need to enlarge that Scrabble dictionary (example
With words like deadname, pageview, fintech, allyship, babymoon, and subtweet, compound words are becoming more prevalent in the book.
The “uns,” such as unfollow, unsub, and unmute, are also valid.
Although they may seem familiar, they have never been associated with Scrabble, at least not regarding the game’s trademarks.
Playing in tournaments is entirely different and involves a broader vocabulary of accepted terms.
To add to the Scrabble book, Sokolowski and a group of editors at Merriam-Webster combed through the frequently updated online database at Merriam-Webster.com.
Even though any dictionary the players approve of may be used according to the official rules of the game, many players still utilize the official lexicon when playing Scrabble.
One of the volumes is included in certain luxury Scrabble sets.
Despite their inclusion in some dictionaries, more than 200 racial, ethnic, and other derogatory words have been removed from the Scrabble lexicon in the previous few years.
That has sparked a raging argument among tournament participants.
Cleanup proponents referred to it as long overdue.
Others countered that the words should still be playable as long as there are points to be had, regardless of how awful their definition is.
Although offensive terms were never expressly prohibited under home play rules, the infamous 200 aren’t listed in the Scrabble dictionary, with a few unusual exceptions for words with alternative meanings.