Earlier this week it was announced that 5,000 more words are being added to the Scrabble Players Dictionary. Hard to believe that there's 5,000 more words out there that can be legally used in the game.
The new version of the dictionary comes out on Monday, and it's been a decade since it was last revised. And so many words have been developed in these last 10 years. Some of the newest entries include: hashtag, dubstep, selfie and vlog. I think if I used those words in a game with my mother, her head will explode, or she'll make us look it up (guess I better get a copy of the latest version before Christmas).
Ross got my mother a copy of the Scrabble dictionary a couple of years ago for Christmas. It comes in handy when you're not sure if what you're trying to formulate is actually a word.
Several years ago, I remember a friend of mine putting down the word "colorado" on the Scrabble board. Now the only instance I've seen "colorado" is the reference to the state. The friend who played the word said it was a color for a cigar or something like that. Another friend challenged the word. We turned to the Scrabble dictionary, and sure enough, colorado was a word meaning color.
I have a version of Scrabble on my Kindle Fire. When I'm playing against the computer, it puts down words I've never even heard of. For years, the most unusual word anyone in my family used was qua, meaning soldier. Since then, I've learned that qi and xi are also words (thank you two-letter word list). In the upcoming version of the dictionary, a few two-letter words were added, including: te, da, gi and po.
Apparently there's a committee, which is part of the North American Scrabble Players, that helps the Merriam-Webster dictionary folks find new, playable words that are two to eight letters long.
The new words adds 40 pages to the dictionary, which already had 100,000 playable words in it. And it's been around for 36 years and is on its fifth edition. In the Associated Press story I found, Peter Sokolowski, lexicographer and editor at large for Merriam-Webster, is excited that the word qajaq is being added to the dictionary. The word reflects the "Inuit roots of kayak." But it would also require using a blank tile as there's only one q in the game (unless you're playing Super Scrabble, of course).
A possible high-scoring word is qunizhee, meaning "a shelter made by hollowing out a pile of snow." One could score 401 points with it, which includes the 50-point bonus for using all the tiles.
Here's a sampling of the other new words: buzzkill, coqui, frenemy, jockdom, ponzu and qigong. According to Robin Pollock Daniel, a clinical psychologist and champion Scrabble player, "It makes the game more accessible to younger people, which we're always looking for. All the technology words make it more attractive to them."
Wonder what mom will think when I throw down ponzu?