“Bestie”, “ew” from 300 words added to Scrabble dictionary

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September 24 (UPI) – Scrabble on Monday introduced 300 new entries in its dictionary of acceptable words.

Merriam webster published a list highlighting some of the new words, including suitcases and other modifications to existing words, some non-English words and slang terms that have become commonly used in modern vocabulary.

The two-letter expression of disgust “ew” was the shortest word added to the Scrabble dictionary, joining a list of 106 other two-letter words, which are an essential part of Scrabble’s strategy.

“OK” was also added to the list after its capitalization prevented it from being used as a Scrabble word in the past.

“Previously it was only entered by ‘OK’ or ‘okay'”, Emily Brewster, associate editor and lexicographer at Merriam-Webster told the New York Times.

“The ability to add seemingly random letters to existing letters will allow a player a much greater latitude in placing their words on the board, and will annoy opponents who think the game should be played with words that ‘they recognize,’ the post said.

The word “frowny” returned to the Scrabble dictionary after being removed from the 1961 edition, giving players another opportunity to play a valuable “Y” tile.

New additions also included “bestie” – although “BFF” is not yet playable – and “twerk” as well as other forms of the word such as “twerks”, “twerked” and “twerking” but not “twerkings” “. “and twerkery.”

Two words that are not from English and describe cultural objects from other countries have also been added to the Scrabble dictionary. The first was the word “Qapik” – a variation of the word gopik, which is defined as “a monetary subunit of the manat” of Azerbaijan, along with “arancini” an Italian-style dish made from cooked rice balls.

The remaining additions included “bizjet”, a merging of the words “business” and “jet”, “zomboid”, which added another playable word ending in “-oid” and “beatdown”.

“It means in some ways the whole game is open and refurbished,” Brewster said of the new additions. “I think it’s especially exciting for people who play regularly.”


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