Scrabble dictionary is looking up

Lismore Scrabble Club president Svend Grunnet ponders the new words on the official Scrabble word list.
Lismore Scrabble Club president Svend Grunnet ponders the new words on the official Scrabble word list. Cathy Adams

SCRABBLE is up to date again - now you can use words such as Facebook (19 points), badware (13), blingy (12) and wiki (11).

These are some of the 3000 words added this year to the Collins Official Scrabble Words dictionary, with a number coming from the tech world, slang and other languages.

Other generic tech terms include myspace, vlog, fansite and inbox.

Also joining the ranks: Qin, a Chinese zither; grrl or grrrl, describing a rough-and-tumble female or female punk; thang and innit, they have all been accepted officially as words by Collins.

In Australia, enthusiasts received an email on January 1 with the new words.

"It is impossible to remember all the words. But we go through the lists and we choose the ones we like," explains Trish Reynolds, from the Brunswick Valley Scrabble Club.

Local enthusiasts are getting ready to use the new words in the next local tournament, to be held at the Ocean Shores Country Club on February 26 from 8.45am, organised by the Brunswick Valley Scrabble Club.

Mrs Reynolds is quite happy to get new words to play with, as "it makes the game better and more interesting. It also renovates our enthusiasm periodically".

Svend Grunnet, president of the Lismore Scrabble Club, is not so sure about the new words.

"People always ask whether the new words are really words or not of the English language. Our language is full of words from other languages. Having said that, I believe that Collins puts a new book out with new words every two years to sell more books," he said.

Mr Grunnet admits that new words enter English constantly: "I come from Denmark. When I go back I don't recognise the language any more. Languages are very fluid and flexible. They change constantly."

Asked about the new wave of people playing online versions of Scrabble, or even on mobile phone apps, Mr Grunnet acknowledged a renaissance of the game.

"A lot of people play on the internet. People that are unable to come to the clubs. We have a lady in Lismore with multiple sclerosis, she attends meetings often but she also plays online. It is getting more popular."

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