In my household, Scrabble is not a game so much as it is a lifestyle. I grew up in a home of word puzzle nerds, and so it was that we would find ourselves making dinner conversation about the "u-less q words" and memorizing the ever-so-helpful list of two letter words. So when Scrabble adds new words to its dictionary, it's a pretty big topic of discussion — bigger, even than when Dictionary.com does it.
It was announced today that 6,500 new Scrabble words had earned a place in the Collins Official Scrabble Word List, which means there are now 6,500 new reasons for someone to get really mad during a Scrabble game. Up until... well, now, we were absolutely positive that "wahh" was not a legal Scrabble word (guess what: it is now).
Interestingly, a lot of the new additions make it sort of seem like Scrabble is pandering to a younger demographic, using our tech-speak and allowing us to play "bezzy" (which apparently means "best friend") for 18 points. Honestly though you'd need two z's to play that, which means you'd have to use your "z" and a "blank" — and at that point, if you're not playing it on at least a double word score, you're pretty much just being wasteful. Strategy, people. It's as important as an expansive vocabulary.
Here are what I think are 10 of the most exciting new additions to the ScrabDict — which, by the way, is insider speak for the Scrabble Dictionary (except no, it's not — I definitely just made it up. But it's cool, right?). Check out the full list over at the Collins Dictionary website.
Definition: Laughs at someone else’s or one’s own expense.
Definition: To inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.
Definition: A small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication.
Definition: A one piece clothing garment.
Definition: Shorthand for "ridiculous."
Definition: Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance (note: this is how Google defines it and it is a hilariously anthropological definition of twerking).
Definition: Slang for "mouth."
Definition: A growling noise.
Definition: Shorthand for "casual."
Definition: Excellent (which, incidentally, is how I feel about "dench" being added to the ScrabDict).
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