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What’s OK? List of new Scrabble words announced

The modern world has shaped the list of new terms.

The list is packed with modern terms. (Sean Dempsey/PA)
The list is packed with modern terms. (Sean Dempsey/PA)

Scrabble is to allow a raft of new words to be officially used in the popular game.

The list includes terms that have become common in the modern world.

Collins’ Official Scrabble Words list 2019 will be adopted by serious players, and provides a guide to what vocabulary is allowed in the game.

Drawn from the Anglosphere, the database of words used by Collins is shaped by spikes in usage.

Trending words have been added to the Scrabble repertoire, and some can score highly.

Here is a list of some new words, including three new two-letter terms, which have been officially adopted:

Agender – of a person who does not identify with a gender (9 points)

Antifa – anti-fascist organisation (9 points)

Antivaxxer – person opposed to vaccination (19 points)

Bae – sweetheart or lover (5 points)

Blud – friend (7 points)

Burquini – swimming costume covering the whole body apart from the face, hands and feet (19 points)

Cisgender – having an assigned birth gender and gender identity that are the same (13 points)

Ew – expression of disgust (5 points)

Fatberg – large mass of fat in a sewer (13 points)

Fleek – as in “on fleek”, stylish (12 points)

Genderqueer – person with a non-traditional gender identity (22 points)

Hackerazzo – person who hacks a celebrity’s personal computer (27 points)

Hench – fit and muscular (13 points)

Incel – involuntary celibate (7 points)

Kompromat – potentially damaging documents, photographs, etc kept for blackmail (19 points)

Mansplaining – of a man explaining something to a woman in a condescending way (13 points)

Manspreading – when a male passenger spreads his legs into the seats beside him (18 points)

Misgender – refer to a person as the wrong gender (13 points)

Ok – okay (6 points)

Remainer – person who remains (10 points)

Qapik – monetary unit of Azerbaijan (20 points)

Shebagging – when a female passenger places her bag on the seat beside her (18 points)

Transphobia – hatred or fear of transgender people (18 points)

Upskirting – taking photographs under a woman’s skirt or dress without consent (17 points)

Ze – gender-neutral pronoun (11 points)

Yowza – used to express enthusiasm or excitement (20 points)

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