Addicted to Scrabble?


More than 5,000 words were released in the Fifth Edition of The Official SCRABBLE Player’s Dictionary. This 36-year-old dictionary finally had its first update in a decade. These words have been easily labeled with part-of-speech, inflection, and definition.


BEATBOX (v. -ED, -ING, -ES) to sing to the rhythm of rap music
BROMANCE (n. pl. -S) a close nonsexual relationship between men
BUZZKILL (n. pl. -S) one that has a depressing or negative effect
CHILLAX (v. -ED, -ING) -ES to calm down
DUBSTEP (n. pl. -S) a type of electronic dance music
FRENEMY (n. pl. -MIES) one who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy
JOCKDOM (n. pl. -S) the world of athletes
MIXTAPE (n. pl. -S) a compilation of songs recorded from various sources
SELFIE (n. pl. -S) an image of oneself taken by oneself using a phone camera
SUDOKU (n. pl. -S) a puzzle involving the numbers 1 through 9
TEXTER (n. pl. -S) one that texts
VLOG (v. VLOGGED, VLOGGING, VLOGS) to blog video material

“Language is constantly evolving and new words are added to Merriam-Webster dictionaries on an ongoing basis,” explains Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large for Merriam-Webster. Words are being added to fit young vernacular. “Quinzhee,” meaning a shelter made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow, could earn a player 401 points when played correctly.

Do you think these colloquial terms were worth adding to the mix?

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-Sarah Mae Martin




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Sarah is currently a contributing writer for the Current Events column. She attends Ayala High School in Southern California. As a yearbook member, Sarah loves writing, photography, fashion, and graphic design. She is involved in volunteering at the local hospital and library as well as FBLA, Polynesian Club and Key Club. Follow her on Instagram! @sarahmae_martin