Scrabble will be adding in some modern words to its upcoming Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, which is due out August 6. The dictionary will now include modern, tech-savvy words like “selfie,” “hashtag,” and “dubstep.”
Although older generations may be a little lost when the fifth edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary comes out on Wednesday, the makers of the game are saying it will make Scrabble more relevant to modern players. The new dictionary, which is published by Merriam-Webster, will include upwards of 5,000 new words.
“Language is constantly evolving and new words are added to Merriam-Webster dictionaries on an ongoing basis,” said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster editor at large. “Now thousands of those words can officially be played on the Scrabble game board.”
However, the newly added words will not be used in official tournaments until December 1, meaning participants of the upcoming 2014 National Scrabble Championship in Buffalo, New York will not be able to use words like “vlog” or “buzzkill.”
The addition will add around 5,000 new words to the Scrabble dictionary, which already has about 100,000 playable words. Some of the more ridiculous words that are getting added to the board game are “bromance,” which is a close non-romantic relationship between two men, and “meh,” which signifies a sort of indifference when used in texting or social media.
“It’s not just the words that get into society,” said Chris Cree, co-President of the North American Scrabble Players Association in Dallas. “They are also words that have the potential of sticking around.”
Be sure to check out the new Official Scrabble Players Dictionary when it is released on August 6 to add a whole new level of modern words to your board game.