Scrabble adds 300 words to its official dictionary
It’s time to throw away your outdated dictionary and dust off those tiles, baby, because Scrabble is getting some new words.
The folks behind Scrabble are beefing up the official Scrabble player’s dictionary with 300 new words to keep up with the times and give veteran players some fresh verbs and nouns to memorize.
The 70-year-old board game will be putting out the sixth edition of Merriam-Webster’s The Official Scrabble Player’s Dictionary this fall, and although not all of the words are exactly new to the English-American lexicon, they’re certainly new to the competitive word game.
Here is a sampling of some of the new words coming to Scrabble:
Emoji (noun) a small computer symbol used to express emotion
Ew (interjection) used to express disgust
Facepalm (verb) to cover the face with the hand
Macaron (noun) a cookie with filling in the middle
Puggle (noun) a kind of dog
Sriracha (noun) a spicy pepper sauce
In order to be added to the Scrabble dictionary, words have to fit within a few rules: “Words must be found in a standard dictionary and cannot be abbreviations, capitalized words, or words containing hyphens or apostrophes. All words must also be between two to eight letters in length.”
The last edition of the Scrabble player’s dictionary came out in 2014 and included words like beatbox, meh, and selfie. Scrabble is keeping up with the times. Slowly. But it’s still keeping up.