Scrabble players in the US have 300 more words to choose from when playing the popular game. Players can choose from words like “OK” and “ew” after US dictionary Merriam-Webster updated their latest edition of the game’s dictionary.
The last update was done more than four years ago, so the news has spread quickly throughout the Scrabble community. Merriam-Webster has been the only official Scrabble dictionary since 1976 when the company released their first addition. Before that, the rules did not specify a specific dictionary.
However, if you are located in the UK, you are out of luck – at least for now, according to an expert.
Natalie Zolty from the Association of British Scrabble Players spoke to the BBC and said that the UK dictionary was currently being updated and a new edition is expected for next year.
New Words Added to the US Dictionary
“OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time,” said lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster.
“Basically two and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.”
A potentially useful word that has been added is “qapik,” or a unit of currency in Azerbaijan. This word is particularly handy to know because it helps you get rid of a high point “q” tile without needing an elusive “u” tile. Qapik is just one of twenty words that begin with q that doesn’t require u.
“Every time there’s a word with q and no u, it’s a big deal,” Sokolowski said. “Most of these are obscure.”
Merriam-Webster’s official dictionary now includes 100,000 words for the game, which is owned by Hasbro.
Other words that were added include aquafaba, beatdown, bizjet, bokeh, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, nubble, puggle, sheeple, twerk, and wayback.