On Board: Scrabble To Add 300 New Words Like “Sheeple”, “Twerk”, & “Facepalm”

I do love me some Scrabble sometimes when I need to flex my wordplay and wordsmithing abilities. So it’s with due diligence that I report the latest word additions in the official Merriam-Webster Scrabble Dictionary.

According to AP, there will be:

  • short words like “OK” and “ew”. According to lexicographer Peter Sokolowski & Merriam-Webster Scrabble Dictionary editor at large, players have been waiting for the “OK” addition for a long time.

Basically two- and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.

  • 20 words that start with Q and no U next to it like “Qapik”, a monetary unit of Azerbaijan, equal to 1/100 of the Azerbaijani manat. “Every time there’s a word with q and no u,” said Peter, “it’s a big deal. Most of these are obscure.”
  • esoteric culinary dishes getting the spotlight. We now get to play words like “bibimbap”, “sriracha”, and “arancini”.
  • new-age terms like “bizjet” and even some well-known words like “zen”.
  • choice internet/pop-culture words. These include “aquafaba”, “sheeple”, “wayback”, “emoji”, “facepalm”, “hivemind”, and “twerk”.

You can check out the full list here.


Author: Mr Toffee

Mr Toffee is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion. Twitter: @MrToffee

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