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?
-Sarah Mae Martin