The latest edition, which was released on Monday, added long-awaited words like “OK” and ew” to the vetted Scrabble lexicon, something that fans of the game won’t take for granted according to Merriam-Webster (which publishes The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary) editor at large Peter Sokolowski in an interview with USA Today.
“OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time,” Sokolowski said. “Basically two- and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.”
It’s been four years since the last time new words were added to the game’s canon and the measures to approve new words for this edition were taken very seriously. Merriam-Webster was advised by the North American Scrabble Players Association for this edition; the dictionary company has been making official Scrabble dictionaries since 1976.
See more of the newly-approved words in the updated official Scrabble dictionary below and here for the full list.
Arancini: balls of cooked rice
Beatdown: an overwhelming defeat
Bestie: a person who someone likes very much
Bizjet: a small airplane used for business
Ew: used to express disgust
Frowny: showing a frown
OK: approval, endorsement
Qapik: a variant of gopik, “a monetary subunit of the manat (Azerbainan)”
Twerk: to dance by shaking the buttocks while squatting
Zomboid: resembling zombies