July 24, 2021
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Up For a Game of Scrabble?

Scrabble-iPhone-Game-Apple-DeviceYoung players of the classic word game Scrabble, perhaps disenfranchised by its decade-old lexicon, can “chillax” now that this multi-generational favorite is being updated to speak the language of the millennials.

The fifth edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, published by Merriam-Webster, goes on sale Wednesday and includes 5,000 new words that editors say will help the 66-year-old game stay relevant. Some older players and Scrabble purists might find the inclusion of words like “bromance” and “selfie” to be a “buzzkill” because some of the additions seem so fresh.

But most of the additions are likely to be long-studied and time-tested, with obvious staying power, said Grant Barrett, a San Diego dictionary editor and co-host of the nationwide public radio show “A Way with Words.”

Denisha Sahadevan

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