Scrabble Dictionary Adds 'Thang,' 'Grrl'

But apparently not for US players
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2011 11:08 AM CDT
The latest additions to one Scrabble dictionary include "thang" and "grrl."   (©LifeSupercharger)

(Newser) – Kinda cool: You can now use Indian words like "aloo" and "gobi" in Scrabble. Not so cool: You can also use slang words like "thang," "innit," and (cringe) "grrl." All of the above have been added to Collins Official Scrabble Words, a book one world champion says is "like the Bible really for Scrabble players." Good news for North American players, however: You can still snarkily deride anyone who tries to pull a "grrl," as the champ concedes that US and Canada players use Webster's dictionary, not Collins.

Nearly 3,000 new words (or so-called words, depending upon your definition of the term) were added to the latest edition, released this week. Others include "Wiki" and even "MySpace," the Telegraph reports. Says the editor, "these additions are an eclectic mix of new technological jargon, overseas English, recent colloquialisms, street slang, and a few fairly well-established phrases that had not made it onto the list until now." Click here and here for other recent word additions and rules changes that sparked a bit of an outcry. (Read more Scrabble stories.)

My Take on This Story
Show results  |