Do you enjoy playing Scrabble but hate the fact that you can’t play your favorite new(ish) word? Well, Hasbro is taking to social media to give you, the player, a voice.
On the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page
, you can nominate a word to be included in the Scrabble dictionary. It’s the first time the game will add a word in the last nine years. They’re calling it the #ScrabbleWordShowdown. The company will pick its 16 favorite words and have a March Madness-style tournament, ultimately announcing the winning word April 10.
The word will become “officially playable” in August, when the new Scrabble dictionary is published.
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From The New York Times
, who spoke with Magnetic Fields singer and two-letter word fan Stephin Merritt about his word choice:
In a statement, the company suggested newly coined words in the spirit of “hashtag” or “selfie.” But when asked for his contest entry, the songwriter Stephin Merritt, the author of the coming book “101 Two-Letter Words,” went with the more minimalist, old-school “Ew.”
That’s five points—sounds good to me.