Yeesh! Scrabble's Not What It Wuz. Now Text Speak and Street Slang Score Points

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Yeesh! Scrabble's Not What It Wuz. Now Text Speak and Street Slang Score Points


Byline: Paul Harris reports

IT'S enough to make English language purists shake in their shooties, or perhaps even to lol.

But Scrabble is about to include text-speak and street slang among a range of new words for its ever expanding dictionary.

Why? Because it has to stay dench, obvs. And anyone who cries blech (12 points) can just shut their cakehole (17).

The additions are said to reflect changes in language used by certain sections of modern Britain in emails, text messages and on social media.

Thus, it will be perfectly acceptable for players of the popular board game to spell yeesh (an interjection used to express disgust - 11); to use up all those pesky zeds with a shizzle (a form of US rap slang - 18); or amaze their bezzy (best friend - 18) to get podiumed (to finish in the top three places of a competition - 14). Just don't get in a schvitz (sweat - 24).

The new additions are among 6,500 to join an existing 250,000 accepted by overseers Collins Official Scrabble Words, the first update since 2011.

Shooties, by the way, are shoes that covers the ankle (ten points) and lolz is presumably the street plural of laughing out loud at someone's expense (13). …

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