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Aficionados of Scrabble can as of right now deploy "Facebook", "blook", "wiki", "webzine" and "inbox" without fear of their opponent calling foul, following the incorporation of the terms into the list of Collins Official Scrabble Words. The first update to the Scrabblers' bible since 2007 includes 3,000 newly approved words …

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Paris Hilton

Wait...

Surely not Facebook? It's the name of a product, capitalised and everything. I can understand 'facebooked' or 'twittering' but not 'Facebook'?

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This

I was going to say the same thing.

To make it more marketable, Scrabble recently allowed proper nouns and I believe also stage names.

I will be known as the Great Quizajax from now on.

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facebook is a verb, innit

As you demonstrated yourself. If something can be "facebooked" then the act of facebooking something is to facebook it.

It might sound awful now, but it's really not much different to hoovering the floor, tarmacing the road, sellotaping things together or photoshopping the evidence.

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@Lockwood

"To make it more marketable, Scrabble recently allowed proper nouns and I believe also stage names."

That was only a variant of Scrabble, not the official version of the game which uses the SOWPODS Scrabble Tournament word list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOWPODS

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Dead Vulture

RIP The English Language

Im no lingusitc purist but i think you will all agree that the deathknell of the language is being sounded when a word such as grrl makes it on to the official list for anything (well except maybe the official ist of words on a job application which call for automatic rejection).

Tombstone icon, not for el reg but for our poor beloved language...

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Headmaster

Documentary about Scrabble

A documentary about international Scrabble competitions showed how it was possible for people who can't speak English to win tournaments. They don't need to know the words, just that the collection of tiles is valid for the game.

As such there is no 'deathknell' (death-knell?) as the language is not being used - only a collection of symbols that have may different ways they can be arranged, many of which are valid according to the rules of the game.

'Our beloved language' is a mongrel anyway, a rag-tag collection of words from invaders or invadees that reflects the history of this septic isle.

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Boffin

Re: RIP The English Language

"Im no lingusitc purist"

Yeh niether am i

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On linguistic purity

An alternative reading of the situation would be that English has been so popular and successful that as more people use it more "contributions" (with or without the quotation marks) are made to it. I say celebrate it and be proud.

I enjoy a beautifully authored piece as much as the next man, but language is a living, growing thing, not a snapshot of a standard frozen in time.

Not to mention the huge advantage of being understood practically anywhere.

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Boffin

@RIP The English Language

Paging James D Nicholl: "The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary."

English constantly grows, adapts and changes. If you want a language that doesn't, try French which has laws to protect it (not that many people pay attention to them)

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Meh

'Aficionados of Scrabble can as of right now deploy "Facebook", "blook", "wiki", "webzine" and "inbox"

Not if they're playing in my house they can't. I play the real rules : no names, no slang, no abbreviations and no American English. Any player whose word scores fewer points than the preceding one loses an item of clothing and drinks a shot.

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@Alpha Tony

"I play the real rules"

No, you play a set of house rules that you've made up.

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@ Graham

Yeah, but his rules seem a whole lot better!

I'm off to spell xerxes on a Triple Word Score!

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Teh Rulez

At our home we play by King James Rules; if the word was good enough for Jesus then it's good enuff for us.

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Coat

"if the word was good enough for Jesus"

So is that ancient Aramaic or Latin you're using, then...?

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Collins bullshit

Anyone tries playing Scabble with one of those moronic "official" dictionaries will get it shoved up their bum at our house. It's the concise OED or nothing.

The Collins "big book of silly words" is just a bad marketing joke.

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Anonymous Coward

"without fear of their opponent calling foul"

How about a punch in the face? How does that work for you?

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Anonymous Coward

Facebook

It's like 'facepalm', but with a book instead of the palm.

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Frgythx (on a Triple Word)

Just download the official iOS version by Electronic Arts, it uses completely made-up, random words all the time

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Electronic Arts

I have the iOS version. It's a joke. If the computer opponent picks up a blank tile, it will sit on it until the end of the game and be caught with it on its rack. Every single time.

If EA let its slaves have the occasional evening off every few months, they might have a chance of blundering into the kind of intelligent algorithms that other programmers knew about twenty years ago.

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Not in competition

The Official Word List (OWL) is the only acceptable list in virtually all Scrabble clubs in North America - it's the only list used in tournament Scrabble. SOWPODS is used elsewhere based on the Collins list but if Collins keeps acting like a cheap whore (acceptable in SOWPODS and OWL) then I see a good chance that the world Scrabble community will start to move towards OWL for competition.

What you do at home is your own business but in public you'd better be using the correct wold list or else you're going to be challenged ... and you'll lose.

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Go

"and you'll lose."

how terrible.

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North America

Oh yes, North America, a country dedicated to not corrupting the English language.

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Elsewhere

Elsewhere includes international competitions, so if you're really good then you'd better pay attention to changes to SOWPODS.

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Anonymous Coward

hey grrrl u red my blook

Come on guys it's just a game. Rules can make a game fun but they can also make it suck.

You don't have to use the new wurds.

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an old fart writes...

what the fec does 'blook' mean?

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Oh ffs

Just wiki it.

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Gak

Sounds like something Klingons eat

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Surely, most Scrabble-based disputes

can be resolved with reference to a dictionary (a paper one)? If it's not in the dictionary, it's not a word.

The less said about Scrabble allowing proper nouns, the better.

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Joke

official or not...

my mummy still doesn't let me use c**t, even on a triple word score :o)

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