Scrabble , the word game, has been part of my life for years. I remember playing it with my parents years ago. I think they were trying to strengthen my vocabulary and spelling.
Now, I occasionally take a break from work to play the online version of Scrabble. It allows me to play the computer or others online.
Imagine my surprise recently when I saw an article from the Associated Press by Leanne Italie telling of 5,000 new Scrabble words.
The article referred to the new version of Merriam-Webster’s “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary: Fifth Addition.” I imagine it is available online or at your local bookstore.
The rule for the 100,000+ playable words they must:
1. be found in a standard dictionary
2. can’t require capitalization
3. can’t have hyphens or apostrophes
4. can’t be an abbreviation.
One word that Scrabble players need to remember is “quinzhee.” Played in the right place on the board, this word for a shelter hollowed from a pile of snow, garners 401 points. This includes the 50 point “bingo” for using all seven words.
Another high scorer is qajaq, which is also a palindrome.
On a smaller scale, you can now use te, da, gi and po if you are stuck for a short word.
Some of the words added to the Scrabble dictionary reflect our modern terms like buzzkill, funplex, joypad, mixtape, mojito and sudoku.
This all makes me want to dust off my old scrabble board.