Scrabble Adds Loads Of New Words Including 'Bae', 'Dadbod' and 'Plogging'
The new edition of Collins Official Scrabble Words has been updated with more than 2,800 words.
The famous word game has updated their approved listings with 2,862 new words -- adding to the existing 276,000 -- to reflect changes in common parlance.
The words range from some surprises like 'overshare', 'ok', 'collab' and 'arancini', words you'd have expected may have already been recognised by the game -- to some new slang terms made popular by social media like 'bae', 'dadbod' and 'mansplain'.
The update also includes several words to reflect the increase of terms used to reflect the spectrum of gender identities that are becoming more widely recognised.
From 'cisgender' and 'transphobia' to 'genderqueer' and the non-binary pronoun 'ze' are now all recognised.
There has been an influx of words based off of recent trends in food and lifestyle, for instance, 'aquafaba' -- the vegan alternative to egg whites made from the water of canned chickpeas -- joins hot sauce 'Sriracha' alongside 'bao', 'athleisure', 'dox' and 'normcore'.
Probably the most curious of additions would be 'plogging', which is apparently British slang for the Swedish activity of combining jogging and picking up litter. You can now plog that on the Scrabble board for a few points.
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A lot of the additions to the Collins Dictionary follow the same words being recognised by Merriam-Webster last year. Similarly, the Oxford English Dictionary added 1,400 words last year that included 'fam' and 'backassward'.
With social media making language more accessible and malleable, dictionaries have been forced to keep up with the ways in which slang and colloquialisms -- what Merriam-Webster calls neologisms -- spread from communities online into mainstream verbiage.
Often these neologisms originate from minority communities, amplified by social media and meme trends.
For example, Collins Dictionary now recognises 'fleek' as an acceptable word in Scrabble.
While the word had been an entry on Urban Dictionary as early as 2003, fleek first entered the mainstream after Vine user Peaches Monroee filmed herself in her car saying, "We in this bitch finna get crunk, eyebrows on fleek, da f**k."
From there it slowly became more and more widely used -- with the help of sites like BuzzFeed using it in headlines like '23 Times Australia's Aesthetic Was On Fleek'. From there it was only a matter of time until brands ran it into the ground.
Fleek was, and still has, origins in AAVE or African American Vernacular English, which is also responsible for terms like 'woke', 'lit' and the Collins recognised 'bae'.
Similarly with the rising popularity of 'RuPaul's Drag Race', more audiences are being introduced to phrases from queer subgroups often linked back to New York City's ball scene in the 1980s.
While the 2,862 new additions to the Collins Official Scrabble Words may seem like a lot, back in 2015 they updated the dictionary with 6,500, including 'twerking', 'ridic' and 'sexting'.
At the time, the head of language content at Collins said it was an "exciting era" for language admitting that the rise of social media platforms meant finding new slang terms had become easier for dictionaries.
"The Internet age has revolutionised the inclusion of slang in dictionaries and Collins Official Scrabble Words is no exception," Helen Newstead 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."
Luckily for the avid Scrabble players out there, you can pop a 'champas' and 'zen' out, because you can score a neat 27 points by playing 'hackerazzo'.
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