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Scrabble adds 5,000 new words

Selfie, unfriend and bromance are among the 5,000

Selfie, unfriend and bromance are among the 5,000 new words added to the Scrabble dictionary, Hasbro said. Credit: Getty Images

Family game night just got a lot more competitive. This week, Merriam-Webster released the Fifth Edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, making the dictionary's first major update in nearly a decade.

More than 5,000 new words will be added, making them officially playable in the game. The words include: beatbox, bromance, chillax, frenemy, hashtag, mixtape, mojito, selfie, sudoku, vlog and geocache, a word chosen by fans in the Scrabble Word Showdown, which took place earlier this year.

"Language is constantly evolving and new words are added to Merriam-Webster dictionaries on an ongoing basis," Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, said in a news release. "Now thousands of those words can officially be played on the Scrabble game board, as long as they meet the Scrabble game's criteria for length and styling."

Words are only inducted into The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary if they are found in a standard dictionary and they can't be abbreviations, capitalized words or words containing hyphens or apostrophes. The words must also be between two and eight letters in length.

The Players Dictionary will be available later this month in paperback, hardcover and large-print formats, as well as a digital version for iOS, Android and Kindle.

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