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NEW YORK (AP) — Scrabble players, time to amend your bold because 300 new words are advancing your way, including some long-awaited gems: OK and ew, to name a few. Merriam-Webster appear the sixth copy of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” on Monday, four years afterwards the aftermost awakening up.
The company, at the bidding of Scrabble buyer Hasbro Inc., larboard out one achievability beneath application for a hot minute — RBI — afterwards consulting aggressive players who anticipation it potentially too contentious. There was a alien case to be fabricated back RBI has morphed into an absolute word, arresting rib-ee.
But that’s OK because, “OK.”
“OK is article Scrabble players accept been cat-and-mouse for, for a continued time,” said lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at ample at Merriam-Webster. “Basically two- and three-letter words are the aspect of the game.”
There’s added acceptable account in qapik, abacus to an armory of 20 playable words alpha with q that don’t charge a u. Not that Scrabblers affliction all that abundant about definitions, qapik is a budgetary assemblage in Azerbaijan.
“Every time there’s a chat with q and no u, it’s a big deal,” Sokolowski said. “Most of these are obscure.”
There are some candied scorers now acceptable for play, including bizjet, and some bewitched beat dumps, such as arancini, those Italian assurance of adapted rice. Bizjet, acceptation — yes — a baby even acclimated for business, would be account a whopping 120 credibility on an aperture play, but alone if it’s fabricated into a plural with an s. That’s due to the 50-point benefit for application all seven tiles and the bifold chat benefit amplitude usually played at the start.
The Springfield, Massachusetts-based concordance aggregation approved admonition from the North American Scrabble Players Association back afterlight the book, Sokolowski said, “to accomplish abiding that they accede these words are desirable.”
Sokolowski has a admired amid the new words but not, primarily, because of Scrabble scores. “It’s macaron,” he said, apropos to the aerial French sandwich cookie featuring altered flavors and fillings.
“I aloof like what it means,” he said.
Merriam-Webster put out the aboriginal official Scrabble concordance in 1976. Before that, the game’s rules alleged for any board concordance to be consulted. Back an official concordance was created, it has been adapted every four to eight years, Sokolowski said.
There are added new entries Sokolowski likes, from a wordsmith’s view.
“I anticipate ew is absorbing because it expresses article new about what we’re seeing in language, which is to say that we are now accumulation added of what you ability alarm transcribed speech. Sounds like ew or mm-hmm, or added things like coulda or kinda. Traditionally, they were not in the concordance but because so abundant of our advice is texting and amusing media that is accounting language, we are award added transcribed accent and accepting a new accumulation of spellings for the dictionary,” he said.
Like ew, there’s addition assertion now in play, yowza, forth with a chat some ability accept anticipation was already allowed: zen.
There’s generally babble about Scrabble boards over which adopted words accept been accustomed into English to the amount they’re playable. Say accost to schneid, addition of the new kids, this one with German roots. It’s a sports appellation for a accident streak. Added foreigners added because they predominantly no best crave linguistic white gloves, such as italics or citation marks: bibimbap, cotija and sriracha.
Scrabble was aboriginal trademarked as such in 1948, afterwards it was anticipation up beneath a altered name in 1933 by Alfred Mosher Butts, an out-of-work artist in Poughkeepsie, New York. Interest in the bold best up in the aboriginal 1950s, according to legend, back the admiral of Macy’s happened aloft it while on vacation.
Now, the official concordance holds added than 100,000 words. Added newcomers Sokolowski aggregate are aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bokeh, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and nubber.