6500 new words: Scrabble goes techie, some players tetchy

THAT pesky Z tile has traditionally been hard to get rid of during those hotly-contested Scrabble games.

But with lolz (laughs) and bezzy (best friend) now included in the official Collins Scrabble Word List, you could have the last laugh, because they'll earn you 13 and 18 points respectively.

They are just two of the 6500 new words that will now be accepted during the board game.

Others include:

  • Facetime (15 points)
  • Blech (12 points)
  • Emoji (14 points)
  • Tuneage (8 points)
  • Waah (10 points)
  • Cakehole (17 points)

In a statement, Collins Dictionary said the new Scrabble words were "influenced by all parts of life including social media, slang, technology and food, plus English from around the world".

The words have had a mixed reaction on the Internet, which spawned many of the new additions, with London's Daily Mail dismissing them as "Scrabble babble" and saying many of them are "ridic" - an abbreviation of "ridiculous" now allowed in the game.

The full list is available in Collins' book of Official Scrabble Words.

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