Scrabble adds 5,000 words to players' dictionary including 'Selfie', 'Bromance' and 'Chillax'
Tuesday 05 August 2014
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
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