Scrabble dictionary adds 300 new words - including one everyone's been waiting for

  • 03 Nov - 09 Nov, 2018
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We've all tried putting down words in a game of Scrabble that we're not totally sure are legit to get a high score.

Now 300 new words have been included in the official Scrabble dictionary - and they're set to make it much easier when you're stuck in a tough spot. Words like 'OK' and 'ew' are now acceptable, as well as some more unusual words that could result in big points for players.

'Qapik', which is a unit of currency in Azerbaijan, is also going to be allowed, which means you can use a q (a 10 point letter) without having a u - brilliant.

"Every time there's a word with q and no u, it's a big deal," lexicographer Peter Sokolowski , editor at large at Merriam-Webster, said. "Most of these are obscure." He added, “OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time,"

"Basically two and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game."

What other words will be added?

As well as 'OK', 'ew' and 'qapik', lots of other words will be added to the US official Scrabble dictionary.

Lots of them are pretty millennial words, like 'twerk', 'sho', and 'listicle'.

Other newbies include: aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, yowza, sheeple, wayback, bokeh, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and nubber. There's some big points to be had there.