Scrabble Sleuths Discover MORE Scrabble Words

(Last updated on: March 4, 2020)

There are still a few more to find!

More Scrabble words

New Scrabble words show how the English language is changing as we use it.

Last August I wrote a blog about these changes. I shared with you the quest of Chris Ulicky to discover ALL the words added between Edition 5 (2014) and Edition 6 (2018) of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. And I showed you Chris’ list of 273 new words in the 6th edition.

Chris has a practical reason: in their wisdom, the publishers have not issued a Large Print Edition of the new dictionary. Therefore, Scrabble players who want or need a larger font are destined to use an out-of-date dictionary. Unless they can find a list of the new words and write them into their large print copy, as Chris has been doing.

It turns out that another reader has been searching for the new words as well. The publisher has stated that there are “300 new words.” Jack Feller tells me that he compared his 5th and 6th editions, page by page, to find as many of those words as he could. Comparing with Chris’ list, which I published last August, Jack has found ten additional words that are new in the 6th edition book.

Ten New Scrabble Words

Merriam-Webster is apparently counting every form of a word, including plurals, as a new word. So if we adopt that (slightly cheating) shortcut, Jack has found ten words to add to Chris’ list:

  • Basehead (a person who inhales cocaine)
  • Baseheads
  • Blewit (a pale lilac mushroom)
  • Gean (a wild sweet cherry)
  • Geans
  • Gipsyish (resembling a gypsy)
  • Gipsyism (the mode of life of gypsies)
  • Gipsyisms
  • Untrendier (more untrendy)
  • Untriendiest

The attached list shows all 283 of the added words, combining Chris Ulicky’s and Jack Feller’s work.

Or – Is It Seven?

And now I must reveal to you a mystery: not every 5th Edition has the same words!

Jack’s go-to 5th Edition is a hardcover version (2nd printing, 2014), which I suspect he acquired soon after its release. However, to crosscheck this blog I used a paperback 5th Edition, 4th printing, dated 6/2016. And the 2016 5th Edition includes three of these words not present in Jack’s hardcover book: BLEWIT, GEAN and GEANS.

Are there in fact exactly 300 new words in the 6th Edition? And if so, compared with which version of the 5th Edition? Only the sages at Merriam-Webster know. What we do know is that Chris and Jack have together identified 283 new words in the later edition that do not appear in some, perhaps most, printings of the 5th Edition. These must amount to most or perhaps all of the total new words.

However: If you encounter other added words, please let us know! Send them to artchester@sbcglobal.net and I will be happy to share them with Scrabble players everywhere.

Do you have new Scrabble words to share? We welcome your contributions! Please add your comment below, or send a message to me through the Contact page.

Kudos! To Jack Keller for his assistance with still more new Scrabble words.

Image Credit: A portion of a Super Scrabble game board fabricated by Art Chester.

Comments

Scrabble Sleuths Discover MORE Scrabble Words — 3 Comments

  1. I only play casually, but I will seriously consider finding at least a 5th edition, so I can be closer to up-to-date. Thank you.

  2. Hi Cheryl! I don’t know anyone who has tried to compile a list of what’s new from 4th edition to 5th edition. When they published the 5th edition in 2014 they advertised it as adding “more than 5,000” new words compared with the 4th edition of 2005. So that would be a very long list!

    The 300 words added in the 6th edition seemed like a manageable add-on. But I don’t know anyone who has attempted finding the 5,000-plus list!

    You might want to visit a used book site like bookfinder.com and buy a used copy of the paperback 5th edition or even of the paperback 6th edition for just a few dollars. That would update your sources for not too much money.

  3. I’m still using the 4th edition. Is there a list of the new words between 4th and 5th available?