15 Words That Have Just Been Added to the Scrabble Dictionary
Yowza! They’ve just updated the Scrabble dictionary. See if the new words will improve your game.
“Qapik” is a variant of “gopik.” That’s just a type of Azerbaijan money. No need to remember that, but you should memorize “qapik” to help your Scrabble game. If you draw the “Q” tile, you don’t want to be tied down to a must-have “U” to go with it. It’s handy to have a collection of “Q” words up your sleeve that don’t need the “U.” Now you can add “qapik.” Also keep in mind “qadi,” “qaid,” and “qat.” If you love word games, you should also know these 13 words that will help you conquer any crossword puzzle.
You’re going to need an arsenal of two-letter words to excel at Scrabble, so your best bet is to memorize all of them. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, there are now 107 playable two-letter words. Scrabble aficionados know that words like “we,” “to,” and “an” are child’s play. You need tricky two-letter words like “gi,” “qi,” “mm,” and “xu”—and now you can add “ew.”
The first emojis turned up in the late ’90s, but the term finally just made it into the official Scrabble dictionary. It’s a great new word for players because it’s good to have a word handy that uses a “J”-“I” combo. You may find yourself scrambling to play “jin”, “jinn,” “djin,” “djinni,” and other variant spellings of “genie.” If you can’t find a place for the “JI,” remember “emo” is also a good three-letter word, but it’s only legal if you’re playing with the Collins Dictionary. Check out these new additions to the dictionary that are tricky to spell and pronounce.
“BFF,” the acronym for “best friends forever,” is not a Scrabble word; fortunately or unfortunately, however, “bestie” was just added. You know what tile is your bestie in Scrabble? The “S.” There are four of those valuable tile pals available. It’s not recommended that you drop that “S” tile in the center of “bestie” unless you’re capitalizing on its value as an add-on to another word.
Expert Scrabble players always look for possible compound words. The compound word “bizjet”—that’s slang-y for “business plane”—will pack a wallop, point-wise. It’s amazing to have the high-point “Z” (10 points) and “J” (8 points) side-by-side in one word. The plural, “bizjets,” would be a stellar bingo to hit, if you get such a lucky tile draw. (A bingo is the much sought after Scrabble move where you use all seven tiles from your rack in one play for an extra 50 points.) Check out these 15 fascinating facts about your favorite games.
You may want to give all the credit for “twerk” being added to the Scrabble dictionary to Miley Cyrus for her controversial, pearl-clutching-inspiring twerking back in 2013. Actually, according to Oxford Dictionaries, the term originated in 1820, as a combo of “jerk” and “twitch”—spelled “twirk.” Then, early ’90s bounce music in New Orleans brought the term to clubs and dance scenes. Only then was it popularized by Cyrus—and now it’s an awesome five-letter play with the tricky “K” tile.
Scrabble seems like a pleasant, easygoing pastime for cerebral types. But watch out! Scrabble players can be ferociously competitive. Use caution and strategy or you’ll surely endure a beatdown. A pummeling. You’ll be crushed. When the tiles for “beatdown” are scrambled, you may not see the possibilities. Say there’s an open “D” and you have “wnboeta” on your rack—you should always shuffle and rearrange until words come into view. Get a laugh with these fake words that actually ended up in the dictionary.
“Zomboid” would be a gorgeously elegant bingo to lay down. Keep this word up your sleeve. It’s so chichi compared to the more quotidian “zombies.” You might go with the easier “zoo” with your two “O” tiles, but remember “zomboid,” an adjective for things that are zombie-esque.
This deluxe-scoring word is one of 300 newly added to the official Scrabble dictionary. Keep in mind that you can play “qua.” Then get snazzy by adding the “A” for “aqua.” Now, thanks to the increasing popularity of vegan cooking, you can add “faba” to “aqua” for a stunning play. Incidentally, aquafaba is an egg white substitute that is a bean juice-type substance. Check out 20 words that even smart people mispronounce.
“Hivemind” is technically a scientific term referring to the collective behavior of ants and bees or other insect colonies. It has recently come into fashion as a descriptor for the mass, shared thoughts of Internet users or other groups. This compound word is a great one to keep in mind when you have the somewhat tricky “V” tile.
Right now you are actually reading a listicle. The term is a merger of “list” and “article,” but it also has that fun, easy sense of “popsicle”—something smooth and sweet and easy to consume. A listicle is also a form of Internet article characterized by its “clickiness.” That is, you want to keep reading or clicking from slide to slide or point to point. In a listicle, info is presented in a list form popularized on the Internet by the modern practice of browsing through info. University of Chicago alum Arika Okrent eloquently argues that the form is actually literary. Check out these 10 common words that you’ll only find in English.
Finally! Another two-letter word to play with the “K” tile besides “ka” and “ki.” You can also play “okay,” but the addition of “OK” just makes things way more convenient. The five-point “K” might be even more over-valued now, as this somewhat controversial dictionary addition is going to make playing the “K” way easier.
“Bokeh” comes from the Japanese word “boke,” which means “blur” or “haziness.” It’s a word of the smartphone era that refers to the hazy or out-of-focus part of a photo. “Bokeh” is often used to discuss depth of field effects with a digital camera or with the portrait feature on phone cameras. It’s best to have a high-quality bokeh look in images. Also, it’s a solid word to play with the otherwise discordant “B,” “K,” and “H” tiles. Brush up on these obscure Scrabble rules even serious players may not know.
“Sheeple” was first used in 1945 to describe a hivemind-type collective who are docile or easily influenced. That is, sheeple are groups of people who move in an unthinking herd, somewhat like lemmings. It should come in handy in Scrabble, especially if you can make good use of the “S.”
“Yowza” basically means “awesome!” It has adorable origins. It’s a “colloquial form of ‘yes, sir’ popularized in 1934,” according to Dictionary.com. That was just a few years before Scrabble was invented by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938. It took a long time for “yowza” to make its way to the official Scrabble dictionary, but if you can manage to play this word, it has a face value score of 20 points that you should try to double or triple, at minimum. Yowza! Next, check out these little-known words that will make you a Scrabble champ.