Scrabble aficionados now have 3,000 more reasons to quarrel over words, some of them picked right off the street. A new edition of the Collins Official Scrabble Words, released on Monday, legalizes such vernacular as “innit”, “grrl” and “thang”. In the face of such slanging, traditionalists are naturally stunned.
Yet, word games, like languages, are evolving organisms. After all, a word game that doesn’t accept “Facebook” is likely to be anachronistic now. And even the most orthodox player will like the fact that “Myspace” on a triple word score can get you enough points to win a match in a single turn.
At a time when games the world over are trying to become more relevant to players and spectators, the new repertoire will no doubt help Scrabble attract more, and varied, people to the board. And if all else fails, the trio of “alu”, “gobi” and “keema” is sure to do the trick. Innit?