Washington: Scrabble players, who are always arguing about whether the words they put down are in the dictionary or not, can now nominate a new word to be added to the official Scrabble dictionary.
Now, players can have a say on what’s in that dictionary as American multinational toy and board game company Hasbro is allowing fans to submit words that they’d like to see added to the dictionary.
One of the words will be chosen for the book’s update this year – its first major revision since 2005.
According to the Verge, Hasbro lists ‘selfie’ and ‘hashtag’ as examples of the types of words it currently sees as absent.
Hasbro will be curating the final nominees, so nothing too strange is likely to get through. Next month, it will announce a bracket of 16 final selections, which fans will vote on to determine the final winner just over a week later.
Jonathan Berkowitz, Hasbro’s marketing VP, said the Scrabble Word Showdown will let fans nominate and vote on words that are fun and relevant for today’s players.
The updated Official Scrabble Players Dictionary will be released in August.