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Five Thousand Words Added to Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary

scrabbleUnder license from Hasbro Inc., Merriam-Webster will release the fifth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, marking the dictionary’s first major update in nearly a decade. More than 5,000 new words will be added to the dictionary–including geocache, a word chosen by fans in the Scrabble Word Showdown earlier this year–making them all officially playable in the game. Players in the U.S. and Canada will now be able to rack up points with geocache and other words that have entered language recently, including beatbox, chillax, frenemy, hashtag, joypad, mixtape, mojito, ponzu, selfie, soju, sudoku, texter, vodcast, vlog, and yuzu. [Read more...]

Geocache Becomes First-Ever Fan-Voted Scrabble Word

The word “geocache” beat out 15 other nominees in last month’s Scrabble Word Showdown, and as a result, will be included in the fifth edition of Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, scheduled for release this August. This marks the dictionary’s first major update in nearly a decade, and the first time it has ever included a word voted on by fans.

Nominated by fans following a national call-for-entries on the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page in March, “geocache” is a verb meaning to seek items by means of a GPS device as part of a game. It faced 15 other popular choices in an online showdown from April 2 to 10, besting such fan favorites as “bitcoin,” “cosplay,” and “ew.”

Geocache will be an eligible word right in time for National Scrabble Day on April 13. It will also be playable in the upcoming National School Scrabble Championship on April 26 to 27 and the National Scrabble Tournament in August.

Scrabble Enthusiasts Score Big With Merriam-Webster’s Scrabble Dictionary App

Merriam-Webster has announced the release of its new Scrabble Dictionary app—the ultimate resource for Scrabble play—as part of an agreement in principle with Hasbro, Inc.  Determining the acceptability of a word will be easier than ever with this new mobile app, now available for iPhone and iPad.

The Scrabble Dictionary app is based on the best-selling Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, and endorsed by the National Scrabble Association.

Perfect for face-to-face, online, digital, tournament, and school play, the app contains more than 100,000 playable two- to eight-letter words. It also includes variant spellings for game players in Canada. Additional features include a Word Finder that lets players discover all the words that can be created with their tiles, lists of favorites and recent lookups, and voice search, powered by Nuance Communications’ Dragon voice recognition technology.

For more details, visit the iPhone app store.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.