300 more words to win at Scrabble

One report listed it as sixth best board game, another said it was fourth most popular, but, wherever you place it on your leaderboard on the pastimes scale, Scrabble is, and had long since, been a much-loved winner. Now, Merriam-Webster has released a sixth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary to match the age of the millenial and twenty first century.

Much like the urban dictionary, they have decided to include more colloquial expressions and references to daily life and activities. Here’s a few for your interest, from the 300 additions:

Ew: an expression of disgust

Twerk: a dance that involves shaking your buttocks while squatting

Bestie: a best friend

Bizjet: a small airplane used for business

Beatdown: an overwhelming defeat

Frowny: showing a frown

“While some additions skew toward younger players, others exude the sophistication of an international traveler.” Those include:

Arancini: an Italian dish of balls of cooked rice

Qapik: a monetary unit used in Azerbaijan

The player's dictionary, published by Merriam-Webster, is the gauntlet thrown down when one player questions the validity of another's word play. If the challenged word is not found in its pages (like Susie Dent in Countdown’s Dictionary Corner, the player loses a turn. The beloved board game is made by Hasbro Inc, based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Associate Editor, Emily Brewster, says: "It's a way to keep Scrabble fun instead of contentious. It's a great moderator in a game that can get pretty impassioned." (Her favorite new addition, she said, is qapik, because it begins with "Q," a high-scoring tile in the game, but doesn't require being followed by the usual "U" to complete the word.) "It's really exciting for Scrabble players. It's a pretty great edition."

Jo’s still trying to get Marmalade entered into either the Urban or Scrabble dictionary but Leah just loved a good word with Q, Z, X, V, U or J

The most awesome but underused words include: Maximize, Quixotic (extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical), Quickly, Whizbang, Quizzify, Chutzpah (extreme self-confidence or audacity) and Jumbles. Chris’ favourite has to be Whizbang.

Others that would be sure to win you a traditional game could be:

Oxyphenbutazone: an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat arthritis and bursitis.

Oxazepam: An anti-anxiety drug.

Quetzals: The national bird of Guatemala as well as one of its monetary units.

Quizotry: A romantic or quixotic idea or action.

Muzjiks: A Russian peasant.

Syzygy: An alignment of three celestial bodies.

Za: Slang term for pizza.

and, just to prove that the above are real words, you could also have:...

Gherkins: A small pickle, made from an immature cucumber.

Quartzy: Resembling quartz.

The History:

The game that would eventually be called Scrabble was invented by Alfred Butts, a jobless architect, during the Depression, in his apartment in the Queens borough of New York City. It started out slow but gained enduring popularity after it was discovered at a resort in 1952 by a vacationing Macy's executive, who arranged to have the game sold in the world's largest store.

Merriam-Webster, based in Massachusetts, issued the first Scrabble dictionary in 1976 and since then has put out updates every four to eight years.

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