Scrabble Dumbs Down for Idiot Millennials With "Lolz" and "Obs"

By Gary Cutlack on at

Thousands of new "words" have been added to the official Scrabble dictionary, with modern utterances of the incomprehensible proles such as "ridic" and "yeesh" now officially usable in the old fashioned word game. You may beat grandad yet.

Nearly 6,500 new words are in this year's update of the Collins Scrabble Word List, an officially recognised argument-ending collection of words you're allowed to use if playing in a sportsmanlike, level playing field fashion. Other bizarre modern inclusions include lotsa, newb, bezzy and the particularly offensive thanx, all of which feature in the first update to be made to the word list since 2011.

In a further nod to the modern tech world such ubiquitous terms as facetime and emoji are also included, along with tunage and dench. Not Dame Judi, but apparently a way some young people express their approval.

Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins, said: "Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words. Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages - you name it - so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before." [BBC]