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Subject: "Za," "qi" and "zzz" are official rss

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"Za," "qi" and "zzz" were added recently to the game's official word list for its original English-language edition. See:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123731266862258869.html?mod=...
 
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I guess for "zzz" you would need to use the "Z" and both blanks. That doesn't seem very efficient...
 
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mawiker wrote:
for its original English-language edition


That's for the American-English edition. English-English has had those words for ages.
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sikeospi wrote:
I guess for "zzz" you would need to use the "Z" and both blanks. That doesn't seem very efficient...


Or someone has played the 'Z' and you have the blanks.
 
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mawiker wrote:
"Za," "qi" and "zzz" were added recently to the game's official word list for its original English-language edition. See:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123731266862258869.html?mod=...
"Recently" is a relative term at WSJ, I guess. Those words were added three years ago. Odd given that Stefan Fatsis worked at WSJ is is a known Scrabble freak.
 
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I wonder how long it will be until 'SYFY' is an acceptable word?

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I didn't know about the ridiculous list of words officially allowed in Scrabble until I played Scrabulous on Facebook. That damn list of two letter combinations that are not frikkin words. I can just about see the point for tournament players who live and breathe the game, but for normal people I think it only makes sense to play with a standard, concise dictionary. Preferably not too recent an edition either, to avoid the headline-grabbing trend of dictionaries to include an overabundance of geek language, eg 'grok'. Actually, finding such a suitable dictionary is a considerable challenge (especially as it's important that whilst avoiding neologisms it also has a full complement of swears, otherwise why play Scrabble?). The Penguin Concise dictionary is acceptable (for British English).
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Agreed, the Scrabble official dictionary is a joke.

Za. shake
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Here comes the 'I don't know those words so they shouldn't be words' brigade.

*yawn*
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Drew1365 wrote:
Scrabble has jumped the shark. shake


Scrabble hasn't changed anything. Words become 'tournament word list legal' as they appear in major dictionaries. You might as well blame Merriam-Webster (for whom "qi" and "za" are words) or the Oxford English Dictionary.
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This is why Scrabble is a good game for amateurs, but stinks when played at a high level.
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So do words ever leave the dictionary? In five years time, when noone at all uses "za" (rather than the vanishingly small number who use it now), will they remove it again?
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Vaughn wrote:
Here comes the 'I don't know those words so they shouldn't be words' brigade.


You misspelled 'recognize an abbreviation and dropped apostrophe by illiterates' brigade.
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I've been using Qi for years. It's pretty useful - you don't have to hope you get access to a U as well as the Q you've drawn (although Qat can help out here too).

Perhaps there is some merit to the suggestion that the values of Z, X and Q should be revised in line with modern additions to the dictionary. Maybe with a set of Scrabble Expansion tiles... yuk
 
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