Scrabble’s New Words

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Mojito, mixtape and chillax are three of the 5,000 new words that’ll appear in the latest edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, out on Monday. This is the first update to the game’s approved lexicon in more than a decade. Other new additions include selfie, hashtag and frenemy. How do words get deemed Scrabble-worthy? And what do Scrabble purists have to say about all this?

Credits

Guest:
Stefan Fatsis - Author of the book “Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive SCRABBLE Players.” - @stefanfatsis

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott