A new batch of 6,500 words are now available to Scrabble players, after publishing house Collins updated its widely used Official Scrabble Words list Thursday. The list includes tech jargon and slang, such as pwn, twerk, and shizzle.

Also added: aji (the pepper), coqui (the frog) and the more old-fashioned ixnay and zowee (see a longer list at the bottom of this post).

With more than 276,000 words, Collins says its Official Scrabble Words reflects how English is used around the world, with words gleaned from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, and the U.S. The word list takes up 1,216 pages in hardback; it’s also an app.

Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players

Photo credit: Dennis Wilkinson/Flickr


David Hockney, The Scrabble Game (1983)

Hockney describes the piece in That’s The Way I See It:

The Scrabble Game was done when my mother was visiting at Christmas. Ann Upton, David Graves and my mother played. I joined in too, though I couldn’t concentrate much on the game because I was taking pictures. It was while I was doing this piece that I saw that I was using narrative for the first time, using a new dimension of time.

More description from the book, David Hockney: The Biography, 1975-2012:

In the foreground, Hockney’s own hands hover over his stand of seven letters that read, from left to right, LQUIREU. Seated to his right, his mother looks pensive, her five-times-repeated face giving little away as she rests her chin on her hands or scratches her nose, her right hand eventually poised over the word ‘VEX’, which, encompassing a double word square, would net her a score of twenty-six points. She gives off every indication of being an expert. Ann, on the other hand, seated to her right, looks anything but, obviously struggling to find a word and finally grinning with pleasure at managing ‘NET’, giving her a pathetic score of three. next to her, David Graves, keeping the score, just laughs, while in the far left-hand margin of the picture a bored cat cleans its face. 

You can zoom in over at the Christie’s website

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