Earlier this week, Merriam-Webster, released the Fifth Edition of The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, marking the dictionary’s first major update in nearly a decade.
More than 5,000 new words have been added to the dictionary making them officially playable in the game, including GEOCACHE, a word chosen by fans in the SCRABBLE Word Showdown earlier this year. Other playable words include: BEATBOX, CHILLAX, FRENEMY, HASHTAG, JOYPAD, MIXTAPE, MOJITO, PONZU, SELFIE, SOJU, SUDOKU, TEXTER, VODCAST, VLOG, and YUZU.
Entries in the new Fifth Edition feature a brief definition, a part-of-speech label, and inflected forms for fast, easy word validation.
The addition of these words alone is shareable content for your customers who love words. But I think a more interesting piece of trivia (and fodder for game-table debate) is that–officially–the words cannot be used just yet.
Although the new dictionary is endorsed by the North American SCRABBLE Players Association (NASPA) for recreational and school use, and the new words from the Fifth Edition will not be sanctioned for use in official club and tournament play until December 1, 2014.