Slang gets the green light by Scrabble

Published on: 21st May 2015

Words such as lolz, shizzle and dench are among the 6,500 new words added to the latest edition of Collins Official Scrabble Words.

Scrabble-wordpressA host of slang words used on social media, in texts and on the street are now available to Scrabble enthusiasts. Names of trends and events such as twerking and onesie are also included.

The new wordlist recognises technology and electronic communication, including the words facetime, hashtag, tweep, showrooming and sexting, among others.

Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins, commented: “The internet age has revolutionised the inclusion of slang in dictionaries and Collins Official Scrabble Words is no exception. Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words. Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages, you name it, so there’s a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn’t exist before. We still consider electronic citations carefully before adding new words, but we’re certainly in a new and exciting era for recording a wider variety of English usage than ever before.”


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