Lovers of the game of Scrabble have a lot of surprises in stock for them as 300 new, urban words have been added to the game by the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary – Merriam-Webster.
Words such as “twerk, beatdown, sriracha” are some of the words added to the sixth edition of Merriam-Webster’s “Official Scrabble Players Dictionary”. Adding spice to this exciting development is the addition of the most anticipated two-letter word – OK.
Speaking about the additions, the editor at large for Merriam-Webster, Peter Sokolowski said:
“For a living language, the only constant is change. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary evolves to keep up with English as it is used today.”
The modernization of the game’s lexicon can be seen in recently added words like bitcoin, facepalm and emoji. Entries like sheeple (people who are docile and easily influenced) and listicle are derived from Internet lingo.
“Additions like these will add a new layer of fun to game night, making game play even more entertaining and relevant,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, President of Hasbro Brands.
“Q” words are always tough, especially those without a “u” in them. Players can monetize with the word qapik, which is a unit of currency in Azerbaijan.
The updated version of the player’s dictionary continues to follow some of the game’s most important rules. Words must still come from the standard dictionary. No abbreviations, capitalized words or words with punctuation are allowed.
“Scrabble has been a game night staple for 70 years, and we’re excited to bring the game into its next decade,” added Berkowitz.