‘OK’ now OK with 300 new words added to the Scrabble dictionary

Scrabble, like Monopoly (or whatever game you play with your family), can often lead to arguments. Whether it’s because a word is in the dictionary when it shouldn’t be, or because a word isn’t in the dictionary when it should be.

A textbook example is as follows: Grandma puts a Z next to an A on a three-letter score – “10 times three is 30, plus the one for A is 31”, she smugly totals.

“Oh? What is za? you ask curiously.

“It’s short for pizza,” she nonchalantly replies.

“Ohhh fuck you grandma!” you shout, flipping the board in the air and smashing ‘za’ across the room.

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Well, now is your chance to get some revenge with the addition of 300 new words, which include some super hip jargon Grandma will never understand, like “emoji”, “twerk” and “frowny”.

The words appear in the recently released 6th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary – the first update in four years. Perhaps adding the title is “ok”, a word that has been debated in Scrabble games around the world over the years. Other words that have been officially deemed playable in the latest addition include “facepalm”, “hivemind”, “puggle”, “nubber”, “zomboid”, “sheeple”, and “botnet”.

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The first edition came out in 1976 and the book is most commonly used in American games, while in the UK Collins’ version is normally used. That said, UK players, you know your grandma would dive into the US Vocabulary Bank if given the chance to land on a double word score, so be sure to beat her.

Peter Sokolowski, lexicographer and editor at Merriam-Webster, thinks “ew” is one of the coolest new additions.

According to the Mail Online, he said: “Basically two and three letter words are the lifeblood of the game.

“I think ‘ew’ is interesting because it expresses something new about what we see in language, which is that we are now incorporating more of what you might call transcribed speech.

“It sounds like ‘ew’ or ‘mm-hmm’, or other things like ‘coulda’ or ‘kinda’.

“Traditionally they weren’t in the dictionary, but since so much of our communication is through text messages and social media in written language, we’re finding more transcribed speech and getting a new spelling group for the dictionary.”

So what are you waiting for? Go to your grandmother’s house and connect a “bizjet” to a “beatdown” and watch her face.

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