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Scrabble tiles spelling, of course, S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E.

These New Changes to the Rules of Scrabble Might Spell Trouble

The evolution of language is nothing to fear… unless thou art living in Medieval times, which, incidentally, is when the first documented use of the singular ‘they’ took place. Some people don’t like it when words like ‘bougie’ or ‘TL;DR’ become words in a more official capacity… even though, clearly, we’re already using them. We call those people ‘elitists:’ people who think language is sacred and untouchable, that Shakespeare couldn’t drop profundities and make dick jokes at the exact same time.


Lady Macbeth would definitely get a boner from killing Duncan, and Shakespeare knew it.

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One of the greatest things about language is that it’s constantly evolving to encapsulate new experiences, to help us better express ourselves. In 1996, the phrase ‘face palm’ was added to the dictionary—and you bet your ass 1996 was not the first time anyone expressed behavior so frustrating the only response was to bury your head in your hands.  In 2018, the Oxford English Dictionary added ‘pansexual‘ to its lexicon, a term that had been around for nearly ONE HUNDRED years prior. Placing words we use to define gender and sexuality doesn’t define whether or not the experience exists: it does. That’s WHY there’s a word for it. What it really means is a granting of legitimacy. An acknowledgement of a lifetime of human experience.

(Don’t want pansexuality to be legitimized? Thou must get a grip.)


Dictionaries spell out: "CISGENDER?"

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But these new Scrabble rules might just have all of us gripping the edges of the table and trying our best not to flip it… or flip out. More TWO-LETTER words? Comma on. (OK, that was bad, I know.) But speaking of OK, this word is one of the hotly contested new additions to the game. Another one is EW, which is what you’ll be yelling when someone ruins your next move. It’s not that I’m some purist who thinks ‘ok’ instead of ‘okay’ has anything to do with I.Q. points, but seriously: someone dropping a two-letter word and therein preventing you from playing any tiles is enough to make anyone face palm.

Among the more exciting new additions to the Scrabble game are ‘shebagging’ (when a female passenger places her bag on the empty seat next to her; has manspreading finally met its match?) and ‘zomboid’ (resembling a zombie, a.k.a. you leaving the club). The most controversial addition is sure to be the debatably annoying and certainly outdated ‘bae,’ a divisive term that may or may not have caused many a bae to split up.

Remember that notoriously difficult X tile? Well, with new words like ‘dox’ and ‘vax,’ you’ll be able to get rid of those bad boys. Of course, to your opponent, you’ll become the bad boy.


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“It used to be that if you put a K down, you knew your opponent couldn’t play across the top of it – it will be a change of mindset,” said Brett Smitheram, the 2016 Scrabble World Champion. With truly chaotic energy, he added, “but that’s the joy of it.”

He also calls Scrabble an “adrenaline sport.” Well, it’s about to be.




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Bookshelf full of Oxford dicitonaries and thesaurauses

So Apparently the Word ‘Amazeballs’ Is in the Dictionary?

I was writing the rough draft for an article I was working on and could not, for the life of me, think of an appropriate word for the feeling I was trying to elicit. I used ‘amazeballs’ as a placeholder and, to my surprise, it did not render as incorrect in my typing program. I was super shocked for about two seconds. That is, until I realized that bootylicious was also added to the dictionary after Destiny’s Child made it a thing.



Still, I thought maybe my laptop was malfunctioning or something. So I did what any inquisitive person in 2018 would do and turned to Google. I found that Oxford Dictionary added it, along with ‘YOLO,’ ‘mansplain,’ and other charming new vocab around 2014. The same article I found reporting on this malarkey went on to state that these types of words are not yet accepted by scrabble so we should not get too excited. Upon further research I found ‘bootylicious’ has not been accepted either.


It seems only Oxford Dictionary is jumping on the bandwagon to add ridic slang to its collection, as other dictionaries, such as Mirriam-Webster, haven’t added any of them. Maybe Oxford is just looking out for the future generations… Or, it’s full of aliens from a distant star who need to be caught up on the latest pop argot in order to blend in.



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Whatever the reason, I am not sure what to feel about this. It may be because I am never really caught up on the latest hip lingo (which is completely my fault) that I feel weirdly uncomfortable about it. I can hear it now, “Get with the times!” I know, I know. I am trying.


Oxford Dictionary, you are the main dictionary. I guess I accept your choices.


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A Word Invented by ‘The Simpsons’ Added to US Dictionary 22 Years Later

‘Embiggen,’ a word which debuted on an episode of cartoon The Simpsons in 1996, has been officially added to the US Dictionary. Isn’t that nice. 


In a sweep of 850 new words, Merriam-Webster has announced that ’embiggen’ has been added to the dictionary. The word, though first appearing in The Simpsons, has been made popular by the show Ms. Marvel, and means to “make bigger or more expansive.” Ms. Marvel has the power to ’embiggen’ herself.


The motto of the town in which the Simpson family reside, Springfield, is “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”




The creators of Ms. Marvel are thrilled with the news.



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12 Obscure Verbs You’ve Never Heard of

The sheer amount of verbs out there will discombobulate you, if you stop and cogitate. Seriously, cogitate for a moment with me about all the words in the English language that nobody uses. Maybe they’re archaic or obsolete or slang, but they still mean the thing they’re meant to mean.


I wondered then what obscure verbs are out there that we often overlook. I’ve done some digging, and I’ve uncovered twelve. I think you’ll enjoy them, and you may even find room in your daily life to revivify these misunderstood verbs! All definitions courtesy of Wiktionary.


1. BibbleTo eat and/or drink noisily


2. ImpignorateTo pledge or pawn


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“Impignorate? I’ve got a friend who’s an expert on those, mind if I call him in?” | Image Via Gold &Silver Pawn Shop


3. ObambulateTo walk about, to wander aimlessly


4. AbsquatulateTo leave quickly or in a hurry


5. Disembogue To come out into the open sea from a river


6. DetergeTo clean of undesirable material


7. EnsorcellTo bewitch or enchant someone




8. Obnubilate To obscure, to shadow


9. SuccussTo shake with vigor


10. Prevaricate – To deviate, transgress


11. BlinTo cease from


12. GrokTo understand intuitively




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Japanese Artisan Beautifully Restores 100-Year-Old Japanese-English Dictionary

Japan is a country roughly the size of California, and is home to a staggering 127 million inhabitants. It is a country that prides itself on its workable juxtaposition of the traditional and the modern, and simply refuses to lose its cultural identity among the din of smartphones and bullet trains.


The literacy rate in Japan is one of the highest in the world, at almost 100%. It has its rigorous education system to thank for that. There are actually four different writing systems found in this country—Romanji (a Romanized spelling used to translate Japanese), Katakana (foreign words and names, loanwords, and scientific names), Hitagana (used with Kanji for native Japanese words and grammar), and Kanji, which are adopted Chinese characters.



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The following images show how Japanese artist Nobuo Okano masterfully restores a tattered 1,000 page dictionary to near-mint condition. Okano is an artisan who specializes in old books and featured on an episode of Shuri, Bakaseru, which translates in English to The Fascinating Craftsman. Okano mends an English-Japanese dictionary and brings it back to life page-by-page with great expertise and care. With a history of its own, this dictionary served its owner since his junior high days through his adult life. Now that his daughter is about to go to college, it’s time for the book to be passed down to the next generation.






Book mending


Book mending


book mending

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Here’s how the restoration works:


Old glue is cleaned from the book’s spine and images of maps are repaired inside. The most tedious step is when Okano unfolds hundreds of bent page corners with a tweezer and individually irons each page until flat.


The tips of the pages that were stained with purple ink are trimmed with a guillotine paper cutter.


The final step involves constructing a new cover by salvaging the original title and embellishing it on new leather. 


The artisan book mender himself

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This is some fascinating craftsmanship for sure, and the end of the episode saw the father and daughter happy in their exchange. Hope she dosn’t lose this one!


The finished product

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