It’s the game to end all games, and to start all fights, and now it’s gotten even trickier – the official Scrabble dictionary has some new words!
We all turn to this book to prove that the word we put down was, in fact, a real word, and now your grandkids will be able to prove their lingo is worthy of 13 points.
A staggering 6,500 words have been added to the Collins Official Scrabble Words book, which brings the total approved words to over 250,000.
Yeesh, you and your bezzy will have some serious Facetime with all the new words, obvz. (sorry!)
Most are slang words or derived from technology, plus a few onomatopoeic terms for good measure.
Helen Newstead, the head of language at Collins told The Guardian, “Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English. But it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words.
“Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages – you name it – so there’s a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn’t exist before”.
It’s not new for slang to be included in the Scrabble game, nor is it banned to use a swear word.
Here are the new words added to Scrabble Dictionary:
Slang words and modern society
- Bezzy – best friend (18 points)
- Cakeages – charges in a restaurant for serving cake brought in from outside (15 points)
- Cakehole – mouth (17 points)
- Dench – excellent (11 points)
- Devo – short for devolution (8 points)
- Geocache – search for hidden containers using GPS as a recreational activity (16 points)
- Lolz – laughs at someone else’s or one’s own expense (13 points)
- Lotsa – lots of (5 points)
- Newb – newbie (9 points)
- Obvs – obviously (9 points)
- Onesie – one-piece garment combining a top with trousers (6 points)
- Podiumed – past tense of to podium, to finish in the top three places in a sporting competition (14 points)
- Ridic – ridiculous (8 points)
- Shizzle – a form of US rap slang (18 points)
- Shootie – type of shoe that covers the ankle (10 points)
- Thanx – thank you (15 points)
- Tuneage – music (8 points)
- Twerking – type of dance involving rapid hip movement (16 points)
- Vape – to inhale nicotine vapour (from an electronic cigarette) (9 points)
- Wuz – non-standard spelling of was (15 points)
Technology and electronic communications
- Facetime – talk with (someone) via the FaceTime application (15 points)
- Hacktivist – person who hacks computer systems for political reasons (22 points)
- Hashtag – a word or phrase preceded by a hashmark on Twitter, used to denote the topic of a post (14 points)
- Sexting – practice of sending sexually explicit text messages (15 points)
- Showrooming – practice of looking at an item in a shop, using a smartphone to compare its price elsewhere, then buying it online (20 points)
- Tweep – person who uses Twitter (10 points)
- Warbot – any robot or unmanned vehicle or device designed for and used in warfare (11 points)
Highest scoring and useful words
- Cazh – casual (18 points)
- Checkbox – small clickable box on a computer screen (28 points)
- Cinq – number five (15 points)
- Coqui – type of tree-dwelling frog (16 points)
- Emoji – digital icon used in electronic communication (14 points)
- Oxazole – type of liquid chemical compound (23 points)
- Paczki – round, filled doughnut (23 points)
- Quinzhee – shelter made from hollowed-out snow (29 points)
- Schvitz – to sweat (24 points)
- Augh – interjection expressing frustration (8 points)
- Blech – interjection expressing disgust (12 points)
- Eew – exclamation of disgust (6 points)
- Grr – interjection expressing anger or annoyance (4 points)
- Waah – interjection used to express wailing (10 points)
- Yeesh – interjection used to express frustration (11 points)
Tell us, will you remember to use any of these words in your next game?