The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary will get its first major update in close to a decade. Players can expect more than 5,000 new words, including four new two-letter words and lots of high-scoring neologisms.
The new wordbook introduces many millennial-approved terms, such as texter, hashtag, vlog, selfie, vodcast, and the game's first fan-elected term: geocache.
"With thousands of new words, this edition will boost scores for players of all levels," says John Chew, co-president of North American Scrabble Players Association, in announcing the new edition. "Tell your opponent how your letters make you feel with AIYEE, MEH, OOF, or YESSIREE, or show off your GAMEPLAY by scoring 401 points for QUINZHEE!"
While it's extremely unlikely that more than a handful of players will ever see "quinzhee" (a shelter made by hollowing out a pile of snow), get ready for a bunch of new two-letter words, including da (slang for dad), gi (a martial arts uniform), po (a chamber pot), and te (the seventh note on the musical scale).
Merriam-Webster says it takes this process very seriously, which is why we've not seen another major revision since 2005. New words cannot be abbreviations, capitalized words, or terms that include a hyphen. Potential additions must be used widely, become more popular over time, and have a clear definition. Also, the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary bothers to print only words between two and eight letters long. Lengthy words such as "abandonment" are still legal in Scrabble, but the printed list has left that one behind.
Players have plenty of time to study up on the new additions. Fifth-edition words will not be eligible for official club and tournament play until December. The Scrabble app on Facebook, iOS, and Android will start allowing the words "later this year."
Here is a partial list of the upcoming words:
BEATBOX (v. -ED, -ING, -ES) to sing to the rhythm of rap music
BROMANCE (n. pl. -S) a close nonsexual relationship between men
BUZZKILL (n. pl. -S) one that has a depressing or negative effect
CHILLAX (v. -ED, -ING) -ES to calm down
COQUI (n. pl. -S) a small arboreal frog
DA (n. pl. -S) dad
DUBSTEP (n. pl. -S) a type of electronic dance music
FRENEMY (n. pl. -MIES) one who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy
FUNPLEX (n. pl. -ES) a building with facilities for sports and games
GEOCACHE (n. pl. –CACHED, -CACHING, -CACHES) to search for hidden items by using a Global Positioning System device as part of a game
GI (n. pl. -S) a white garment worn in martial arts
HASHTAG (n. pl. -S) a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that categorizes the accompanying text
JOCKDOM (n. pl. -S) the world of athletes
JOYPAD (n. pl. -S) a device with buttons to control computer images
MIXTAPE (n. pl. -S) a compilation of songs recorded from various sources
MOJITO (n. pl. -TOS) a cocktail made of rum, sugar, mint, and lime juice
PO (n. pl. POS) a chamber pot
PONZU (n. pl. -S) a tangy sauce used chiefly on seafood
QAJAQ (n. pl. -S) kayak
QIGONG (n. pl. -S) a Chinese system of physical exercises
SCHMUTZ (n. pl. -ES) dirt, grime
SELFIE (n. pl. -S) an image of oneself taken by oneself using a phone camera
SOJU (n. pl. -S) Korean vodka distilled from rice or sweet potato
SUDOKU (n. pl. -S) a puzzle involving the numbers 1 through 9
TE (n. pl. -S) ti
TEXTER (n. pl. -S) one that texts
VLOG (v. VLOGGED, VLOGGING, VLOGS) to blog video material
VODCAST (v. -CAST or -CASTED, -CASTING, -CASTS) to make video files available for download over the Internet
WEBZINE (n. pl. -S) a magazine published on the Internet
YUZU (n. pl. -S) a sour Japanese citrus fruit
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