You Can Now Kick Your Mom’s Butt In Scrabble Using “Bromance” And “Selfie”

The future is n-o-w.

2. The powerful wordsmiths who dictate the Scrabble rules have paused their eternal board game to bestow us spelling mortals with a handful of new words straight out of a teenager’s lexicon.


The new additions “go a long way toward bringing us closer to the language as it is currently spoken,” said John Chew, co-president of the North American Scrabble Players Association.

3. New words include…

7. Dubstep

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These words, plus about 5,000 others, will all appear in the Fifth Edition of The Official SCRABBLE Player’s Dictionary, created by Merriam-Webster. The new dictionary goes on sale Wednesday.

The Scrabble bible has remained untouched for nearly a decade, but these new words are able to be put to use immediately, both for ruining your grandma’s weekend at her beach house and for the 500 Scrabblers coming together for the national championships in Buffalo, New York, on Aug. 9.

10. Behold, some of the new Scrabble words, thanks to Time. Memorize them and use them wisely:


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

COQUI (n. pl. -S) a small arboreal frog

DA (n. pl. -S) dad

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

FUNPLEX (n. pl. -ES) a building with facilities for sports and games

GEOCACHE (n. pl. –CACHED, -CACHING, -CACHES) to search for hidden items by using a Global Positioning System device as part of a game

GI (n. pl. -S) a white garment worn in martial arts

HASHTAG (n. pl. -S) a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that categorizes the accompanying text

JOCKDOM (n. pl. -S) the world of athletes

JOYPAD (n. pl. -S) a device with buttons to control computer images

MIXTAPE (n. pl. -S) a compilation of songs recorded from various sources

MOJITO (n. pl. -TOS) a cocktail made of rum, sugar, mint, and lime juice

PO (n. pl. POS) a chamber pot

PONZU (n. pl. -S) a tangy sauce used chiefly on seafood

QAJAQ (n. pl. -S) kayak

QIGONG (n. pl. -S) a Chinese system of physical exercises

SCHMUTZ (n. pl. -ES) dirt, grime

SELFIE (n. pl. -S) an image of oneself taken by oneself using a phone camera

SOJU (n. pl. -S) Korean vodka distilled from rice or sweet potato

SUDOKU (n. pl. -S) a puzzle involving the numbers 1 through 9

TE (n. pl. -S) ti

TEXTER (n. pl. -S) one that texts

VLOG (v. VLOGGED, VLOGGING, VLOGS) to blog video material

VODCAST (v. -CAST or -CASTED, -CASTING, -CASTS) to make video files available for download over the Internet

WEBZINE (n. pl. -S) a magazine published on the Internet

YUZU (n. pl. -S) a sour Japanese citrus fruit

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