The Merriam-Webster Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary To Be
Updated With A Fan-Voted Word
PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Over the past decade, changes in technology, trends and pop culture
events have introduced many new words like ‘selfie' and ‘hashtag' into
everyday vocabulary. To keep relevant for today's fans, SCRABBLE and
Merriam-Webster will be updating The Official SCRABBLE Players
Dictionary for the first time in nine years with thousands of new
words and have reserved a spot in the dictionary for a word nominated
and chosen by SCRABBLE fans during the SCRABBLE Word Showdown.
Starting today through March 28, fans can nominate their favorite words
that they want added to the dictionary on the Hasbro
Game Night Facebook page. These nominations could include fan
favorites that haven't been made official yet, or a new word that's
become popular since the last edition of the dictionary was published in
2005. On April 2, SCRABBLE and Merriam-Webster will unveil sixteen words
from the pool of nominations for the bracket-style SCRABBLE Word
Showdown. Fans will cast their votes on the Hasbro Game Night Facebook
page until it is narrowed down to one final word. The chosen word will
be revealed on April 10 and will be included in the fifth edition of
Merriam-Webster's Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, available
this August, making it an official playable word.
"The SCRABBLE Word Showdown will let fans nominate and vote on words
that are fun and relevant for today's players," said Jonathan Berkowitz,
vice president of marketing at Hasbro. "We are excited to see which word
rises to the top and makes its way into The Official SCRABBLE
"Our language changes faster than ever today," says Peter Sokolowski,
Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster. "It's great to include a word in the
new edition that dedicated SCRABBLE players are eager to use on the
Merriam-Webster's Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary is the
official dictionary for English-language SCRABBLE in the United States
and Canada and is the official arbiter of which words are "play
eligible." The updated fifth edition will be available wherever books
are sold in August 2014. The selected word will also be available to
play later this year in the digital versions of SCRABBLE on Facebook,
iPhone, iPad, and Android from Electronic Arts.
For more information on SCRABBLE, go to hasbro.com/scrabble. For more
information on Merriam-Webster and The Official SCRABBLE
Players Dictionary, visit merriam-webster.com/scrabble.
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