Sunday 23 October 2016

Scrabble stays dench with new words

Published 21/05/2015 | 00:11

Collins has revealed new words, heading for a Scrabble board near you
Collins has revealed new words, heading for a Scrabble board near you

Some may think it is ridic but the evolution of language means that Scrabble has to keep up to stay dench - obvs.

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Lolz, shizzle and cakehole are among 6,500 new words added to the existing quarter of a million in the latest Collins Scrabble word list.

A host of slang words used on social media, in texts and on the street are now available to fans of the traditional word game seeking to outplay their opponents.

These include obvs (obviously), ridic (ridiculous), lolz (laughs), shizzle (form of US rap slang), cakehole (mouth), and dench (excellent).

Other new words in the list reflect modern society, t rends and events, such as twerking, devo (short for devolution, as in Devo Max), vape (to inhale from an electric cigarette), onesie, shootie (fashionable shoe that covers the ankle), cakeages (restaurant charges levied for serving cake brought in from outside), and podiumed (often used at sporting events, particularly the Olympics).

The new word list also recognises the role technology continues to play in our lives with the addition of facetime, hashtag, tweep, and sexting.

Onomatopoeic interjections listed in the dictionary are allowed in Scrabble and now players can add exclamations such as augh, blech, eew, grr, waah and yeesh to their game.

Some of the highest-scoring new words are quinzhee (29 points - an Inuit snow shelter) and schvitz (24 points - to sweat).

Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins, said: " Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words.

"Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages - you name it - so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."

Collins Official Scrabble Words is compiled using the Collins Corpus - the world's largest language database - and includes words from Australia, Canada, South Africa, the UK and the USA all brought together in a single list.

This is the first update to the list since 2011.

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