It is not going down well with language purists but the list of words that are acceptable in Scrabble has been extended to include modern slang.
The first revision of the Collins Official Scrabble Words since 2007 has brought in ‘innit’, ‘thang’ and ‘grrl’ among thousands of new entries. Staff in Glasgow have also decided to add words from Indian cuisine such as ‘aloo’ and ‘gobi’ as well as computer vocabulary like ‘facebook’, ‘myspace’ and ‘webzine’. Scrabblers may also be relieved about the inclusion of ‘qin’ and ‘fiqh’ which will provide new ways of getting rid of those potentially expensive ‘q’s.The Scotsmannewspaper quotes Collins editor Robert Groves, who says: “The latest edition adds nearly 3,000 new words to the existing quarter of a million available to Scrabble players. These additions are an eclectic mix of new technological jargon, overseas English, recent colloquialisms, street slang, and a few phrases that had not made it on to the list until now.”
The updates have divided linguists. In the Daily Express, Marie Clair of the Campaign for Plain English bemoans the “diluting” of the language, adding that “the standard of English has dropped drastically in recent years and it is things like this that contribute to that.”
But 1993 World Scrabble champion Mark Nyman welcomes the new additions, saying: “when words become commonly used it is representative and makes sense to include these in this reference book. I look forward to using them.”