The iconic word board game Scrabble has added the word “newb” to its official dictionary along with some other Internet-speak terms most gamers will recognize.
Collins, which publishes the Official Scrabble Words dictionary, has added 6,500 words to the board game overall in its first update since 2011.
Some other words you may have seen during an in-game chat include:
- Pwn, meaning to dominate an opponent, is worth 8 points
- Thanx, which is only one letter shorter than “thanks,” is worth 15 points
- LOLZ, “laughs at someone else’s or one’s own expense,” according to Collins, is worth 13 points
- WAHH, to express wailing, is worth 10 points
You can find the new Collins Official Scrabble Words dictionary here.
“Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words,” head of language content at Collins Helen Newstead told the BBC. “Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages—you name it—so there’s a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn’t exist before.”
Unfortunately, 1337, n00b, and shrekt have yet to make it into the dictionary. Maybe next time.