Scrabble adds 5,000 words to players' dictionary including 'Selfie', 'Bromance' and 'Chillax'


Scrabble has added 5,000 words, including "selfie" and "bromance", to the upcoming edition of the official Scrabble dictionary.

The new words add about 40 pages to the Scrabble-sanctioned dictionary, which was first published in 1978 and already lists more than 100,000 playable words. 

Some of the new additions to the fifth edition of the Scrabble players' dictionary include: Beatbox, buzzkill, chillax, coqui, funplex, jockdom, joypad, mixtape, mojito, ponzu, qigong and schmutz.

Geocache, which means "to search for hidden items by using a Global Positioning System device as part of a game", was also added following a Facebook competition held in May.

Scrabble is a crossword game in which two to four players score points by adding up the value of all letters played to form a word.

Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary out 11 August

Words of wisdom: The new words won’t be sanctioned for official use until December, but here is a selection of the best additions.

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