Want some ponzu on your food? Have a glass of a mojito… Afraid of a frenemy… You want to chillax but first a selfie please. Ponzu, mojito, frenemy, chillax, selfie… Wandering what are we talking about. Well, these words are new additions to the official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
The National Scrabble Association (NSA) Dictionary Committee and Merriam-Webster is ready with the fifth edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, which is due to go on sale on August 11, with around 5000 addition words into it.
The scrabble dictionary, which includes over 100,000 words, has been updated for the first time in over a decade. The last time it was updated was in the year 2005 when publisher Hasbro launched its fourth edition with around 4000 additional words, including two-letter words like ‘QI’ and ‘ZA’.
The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary was first published in the year 1978. It was developed amid need for a word authority for NSA-sanctioned tournaments and clubs.
With the addition of almost 5000 new words, the new edition of the dictionary has expanded the word horizon for the scrabble players.
Daniel, who enjoys Scrabble for two to four hours every day, said, “Being able to hook an ‘e’ underneath ‘t’ means that I can play far more words. Sometimes you play parallel to a word and you’re making two-letter words along the way. I call those the amino acids of Scrabble. The more two-letter words we have, the more possibilities a word will fit.”
Some of the words included in the fifth edition of the dictionary are: Beatbox, Chillax, Frenemy, Hashtag, Mixtape, Selfie and many more.
Following are the newly introduced words with their meanings in the latest edition of the scrabble dictionary.
BEATBOX: to sing to the rhythm of rap music
BLING: ostentatious jewellery
BROMANCE: a close nonsexual relationship between men
BUZZKILL: one that has a depressing or negative effect
CHILLAX: to calm down
COQUI: a small arboreal frog
DUBSTEP: a type of electronic dance music
FRENEMY: one who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy
FUNPLEX: a building with facilities for sports and games
GEOCACHE: to search for hidden items by using a Global Positioning System device as part of a game
GI: a white garment worn in martial arts
HASHTAG: a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that categorizes the accompanying text
JOCKDOM: the world of athletes
JOYPAD: a device with buttons to control computer images
MIXTAPE: a compilation of songs recorded from various sources
MOJITO: a cocktail made of rum, sugar, mint, and lime juice
PO: a chamber pot
PONZU: a tangy sauce used chiefly on seafood
QIGONG: a Chinese system of physical exercises
QUINZHEE: a snow hole
SCHMUTZ: dirt, grime
SELFIE: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a phone camera
SOJU: Korean vodka distilled from rice or sweet potato
SUDOKU: a puzzle involving the numbers 1 through 9
TE: the seventh note of a major scale
TEXTER: one that texts
VLOG: to blog video material
VODCAST: to make video files available for download over the internet
WEBZINE: a magazine published on the internet
YUZU: a sour Japanese citrus fruit