Scrabble Dictionary Adds 5,000 New Words, Including ‘Selfie,’ ‘Frenemy’ and ‘Buzzkill’

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Believe it or not, Scrabble hasn’t updated its official dictionary in nearly a decade.

But that’s all going to change come Aug. 11, when Merriam-Webster publishes the fifth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, along with a whopping 5,000 new words.

According to The Associated Press, that’s’ about 40 new pages to the dictionary, which already approves some 100,000 words.

Among the new words that will be included in the new dictionary: selfie, beatbox, buzzkill, chillax, bromance, texter, hashtag, frenemy, mixtape and mojito.

These words didn’t just fly into the book, either. To be accepted into the official Scrabble dictionary, a word must also appear in a standard dictionary. It can’t have a hyphen, an apostrophe and it can’t be an abbreviation. Capitalization need not be part of the word, and it must consist of two to eight letters.

As Time points out, the new words won’t be officially accepted in club and tournament games until December 1. So, only use “selfie” with each other, K?

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