Scrabble adds 300 new words to US version of game

BBC – Scrabble players will now be able to use words such as “OK” and “ew” after US dictionary company Merriam-Webster announced it was adding 300 new words in the latest edition of the game’s dictionary.

The last freshening up of the word list in the US was four years ago.

More unusual words have also been added, including “qapik” – a unit of currency in Azerbaijan.

Merriam-Webster first put out the official Scrabble dictionary in 1976.

“OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time,” said lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster.

“Basically two and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.”

Qapik is now one of 20 words beginning with q that does not need a u.

“Every time there’s a word with q and no u, it’s a big deal,” Sokolowski said. “Most of these are obscure.”