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…
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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