The Global Scrabble List Expands, With Association Help
Associations offer input that can sometimes prove controversial
The organizational bodies that decide on the words that can be used in Scrabble announced a number of changes recently, but admittedly, not everyone is “OK” with every change.
This week, the official international Scrabble dictionary, published by the British firm Collins, received about 2,800 word additions, its first expansion since 2015. The move comes months after American publisher Merriam-Webster, responsible for the Scrabble list in the U.S. and Canada, updated its list. The list of new changes affects more than just casual gamers—organizing bodies, such as the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA), have traditionally worked with Merriam-Webster and other companies to pinpoint new words for the popular dictionary and keep Scrabble up to date with the times.
The additions to the international dictionary include some terms added to the U.S. word list, such as “Zen,” “sriracha,” and “yowza.” In a boon for obscurists, there’s one new q-without-u word that’s allowed, the Azerbaijan-based monetary unit qapik.
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