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And the new Scrabble word is…

It’s hard to get too excited about this, but I started this, so I may as well complete the story:


Word Watch: Round One of the Scrabble Word Showdown

scrabbleYou may recall that Scrabble and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary invited nominations of words to be considered for inclusion in the next edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Today, they announced the 16 words they’ve chosen for a bracket-style “Scrabble Word Showdown,” with fans voting on the Facebook page until one word emerges triumphant.

The 16 words have been announced, none of which are the least bit medical. The list is below with the best definitions I could find for them: Continue reading →

Make up a word — it could wind up in the dictionary

scrabblegraphicHasbro, the company that markets Scrabble, has invited players (actually, all and sundry) to nominate a word to be included in the next edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

“To keep relevant for today’s fans, Scrabble and Merriam-Webster … have reserved a spot in the dictionary for a word nominated and chosen by Scrabble fans during the Scrabble Word Showdown,” a news release from the company said.

Hasbro seems to have in mind words like “selfie” and “hashtag,” pointing to “changes in technology, trends and pop culture events [that] have introduced many new words” since the last edition of the Scrabble dictionary was published in 2005.

But surely we can do better than that. Continue reading →

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