Emoji plus 300 new words added to Scrabble Dictionary

Over 300 new words have been added into the Scrabble dictionary, including Emoji.
Emoji has been added to the Scrabble dictionary alongside 300 new words.

The sixth edition of Merriam Webster's Official Scrabble Players Dictionary is now available - and includes some long awaited additions for the popular word game.

Most notably; OK and ew, which have been long sought after by the player base. 

Peter Sokolowski, editor at Merriam-Webster said: "OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time.”

He also commented that short two or three letter words were the life blood of the game.

Players also have a new option for words beginning with the letter q and no accompanying u. Qapik, a unit of currency in Azerbaijin, has also been added. 

“Every time there’s a word with q and no u, it’s a big deal,” Sokolowski said. “Most of these are obscure.”

The Scrabble Players Dictionary now boasts over 100,000 words for players to use. It is also the official text for various Scrabble tournaments and competitive play.

Some of the new words Scrabble players can look forward to include:

  • sriracha
  • beatdown
  • zomboid
  • twerk
  • botnet
  • facepalm
  • hivemind
  • puggle

When asked about his favourite new entries, Mr Sokolowski said: “I think ew is interesting because it expresses something new about what we're seeing in language, which is to say that we are now incorporating more of what you might call transcribed speech."

The first official Scrabble dictionary was introduced in 1978 in order to bring some unification to the game. Previously, a standard dictionary would be used - but in the past, this lead to player conflict over word choices. Merriam-Webster's dictionary quickly became the go-to resource.

It's not the first time that emojis have found fame outside of smartphones and tablets. In 2015, the tears of joy face emoji became Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year.
Aaron Braund 24 September 2018

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