Fo’ shizzle, the Scrabble lords are really going off the deep end with their slang additions to legitimate Scrabble words. I mean come on, people, “obvs” is way too “cazh”! The Independent shares my indignation:
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Lolz, shizzle and cakehole – just three of 6,500 new words to have made it into the Scrabble lexicon.
The new additions to the Collins Scrabble word list draw heavily from social media slang and text-speak and include obvs (obviously), ridic (ridiculous) and dench (excellent).
Other new words in the list reflect modern society, trends and events, such as twerking, devo (short for devolution, as in Devo Max), vape (to inhale from an electric cigarette), onesie, shootie (fashionable shoe that covers the ankle), cakeages (restaurant charges levied for serving cake brought in from outside), and podiumed (often used at sporting events, particularly the Olympics).
The new word list also recognises the role technology continues to play in our lives with the addition of facetime, hashtag, tweep, and sexting.