What Are Some Modern Words Included in the Scrabble Dictionary?


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As of 2014, modern words in the Scrabble dictionary include "hashtag," "selfie," "emo," "frenemy" and "bromance." Most of these words did not exist in 2005 when the dictionary was last updated.

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What Are Some Modern Words Included in the Scrabble Dictionary?
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Publisher Merriam-Webster added 5,000 new words to the fifth edition of the Official Scrabble Players dictionary in 2014, including "mojito," "chillax," "beatbox" and "mixtape." Other new words include "vlog," "soju," "ponzu" and "yuzuz."

New two-letter words include "da," "gi," "po" and "te." "Geocache" is the first word added to the official Scrabble dictionary chosen by fans voting on social media. While the Scrabble dictionary includes definitions, players do not need to know the meaning of the words to use them in the game.

The rules changed in the 2014 edition of the Scrabble dictionary to allow Canadian and British spellings, such as "colour," "fibre" and "neighbour." As of 2014, the Scrabble dictionary contained more than 100,000 words.

New York architect Alfred Butts invented the board game of spelling words with letters on tiles in 1938. Toy company Hasbro owns the rights to Scrabble in the United States and Canada. Mattel sells the game in the rest of the world. As of 2014, Scrabble is the most popular word game in the world, with more than 150 million games sold.

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