Scrabble adds 500 new playable words, like ‘vax,’ ‘deepfake’ and ‘Jedi’
By Scottie Andrew, CNN
Published 4:47 PM EST, Wed November 16, 2022
As our language evolves, so does Scrabble: Now, you can use hundreds of new words, from “ambigram” to “zedonk,” to spell your way to victory in the beloved board game.
Hasbro and Merriam-Webster have added more than 500 new words to the official Scrabble dictionary, which consists of all of the game’s playable words. It now includes words that weren’t commonly used when the game was first created in the 1930s, like “adorbs,” “dox” or “zoodle.”
The newest edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” its seventh, bends some of the game’s rigid rules: Typically, in Scrabble, slang is allowed, but abbreviations and words that are always capitalized are not.
The latest crop of Scrabble-approved words, though, have been expanded to include proper nouns like Google and Boricua (both words’ length and amount of vowels make them potentially high scorers). Players can even use “Jedi” (but not “Yoda”) to score some points.
Some of the new words simply didn’t exist up until a few years ago, “deepfake” and “subtweet” among them. Newer slang has made its way into Scrabble, too, including “vax” and “guac.”
In a statement, Merriam-Webster editor at large Peter Sokolowski said the new additions to the dictionary give players an opportunity to “up their game while celebrating the riches of the ever-expanding language.”
“English speakers like to have fun with words, and no one does it better than Scrabble players, who make excellent use of words both obscure and common,” Sokolowski said.
The complete list of Scrabble-friendly words can be accessed in the new edition of the Scrabble dictionary or online, on Merriam-Webster’s Scrabble Word Finder.
Everybody has an addiction
Everybody has an infatuation
But my quirky obsession, it runs real deep
It keeps me from getting much sleep oh I
I’m addicted to scrabble
I came across scrabble years ago
An old wizard said, “let me teach you what I know”
And I said, “Okay, I’ll be your pupil”
He taught me how to spell; he made me recite
He taught me words nobody knows like aiguilles and qi
And now, I’m addicted to scrabble
Oh, A B C D E F G
I’ll bingo your ass before you can use your ‘Z’
And then, I’ll triple-word-score your Mama!
Think before you challenge me
’cause I’m the Doogie Howser of Scrabble prodigies
‘oh, I love scrabble
My top score is 743
And my best bingo is “P-O-R-T-I-N-G”
And I’ve memorized every two-letter word in Sowpods
Better watch out cause I’ll throw you a phony
Before you can spell abalone
Oh, I love scrabble
You may say I’m a nerd
And to that I retort, “yes I am. So what?”
I may be a nerd but at least I’m not a
Stupid, small vocabulary, gun-slinging nut!