Saddle up you spelling-savvy wordsmiths, because Scrabble just got a brand new hipster makeover.
Saddle up you spelling-savvy wordsmiths, because Scrabble just got a brand new hipster makeover.

Crazy words you can now play in Scrabble

SADDLE up you spelling-savvy wordsmiths, because Scrabble just got a brand new hipster makeover.

Merriam-Webster has released the sixth edition of "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary", four years after the last freshening up.

A total of 300 new words have been added to the list of acceptable Scrabble terms, and judging by some of them, we're guessing the dictionary's boss is a bearded Newtown art student with rolled up chinos and a paperback copy of every orange Penguin Classics novel known to man.

Here are some terms you can now use on your bloodthirsty quest for lexicographical domination:


aquafaba - the name for the cooking liquid of beans and other legumes
beatdown - a violent physical beating

bibimbap - a Korean mixed rice dish
bokeh - the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a camera lens
botnet - a collective term for a string of computers co-ordinated together to perform a task

cotija - a hard cow's milk cheese, originally from Mexico

facepalm - the physical gesture of placing one's hand across their face to convey dismay, exasperation or embarrassment

hivemind - when a group of people reach the same conclusion due to the same circumstances but don't know each other beforehand

listicle - a piece of online content presented in the form of a list, made popular by Buzzfeed

qapik - a unit of currency in Azerbaijan

puggle - a pug-cross-beagle
schneid - a German sports term for a losing streak
sheeple - people who are easily-influenced and can't think critically

sho - a variant of the word "sure", representing its pronunciation in the southern US, but used online

sriracha - a popular hot sauce made from a paste of chilli peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. Originally from South-East Asia, but became a western food fad over the past decade
twerk - that booty-shaking dance Miley Cyrus pitifully attempted at the 2013 VMAs, but its origins are with African-Americans in the late 1980s

yowza - a word to express excitement or wonder. It originated as 1930s slang, but it's experienced something of an ironic internet resurgence

zomboid - I've been googling this extensively all morning and still have no idea what it means, but guessing it has something to do with zombies



On the plus side, a newly-added pair of two-letter words have gone down very well with the public.

As any hardcore Scrabble player will know, those two- and three-letter words are often crucial to winning points.

Now "ew" has been added to the list, as has "OK" - a term we've previously determined is indeed a word, and a universal one at that.

"OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time," said lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. "Basically two- and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.

"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. Sounds like ew or mm-hmm, or other things like coulda or kinda.

"Traditionally, they were not in the dictionary but because so much of our communication is texting and social media that is written language, we are finding more transcribed speech and getting a new group of spellings for the dictionary."

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