Home > Lifestyle > Features
Saturday April 12, 2014 MYT 6:15:00 PM
Monday April 14, 2014 MYT 2:03:39 PM
by fausto giovanny pinto
Yes, that counts: Scrabblers can now play 'geocache' for points.
There’s a new word in play on the Scrabble game board: geocache. It’s also the first word ever voted into the Scrabble dictionary by fans.
The word is a noun referring to an 'Easter egg' item in the game of geocaching in which enthusiasts track down items using a Global Positioning System device. It beat out 15 other nominated words in an online fan vote to select the newest addition to The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
It’s the first change in nearly a decade to the beloved board game in which players build words – and earn points – using alphabet letter tiles, said Hasbro, in the Pawtucket, Rhode Island, maker of Scrabble.
It’s also the first time the players’ dictionary has included a word chosen by fans.
“Scrabble fans are passionate about the words they get to play in the game, so we were thrilled to get them involved in selecting a new word,” Jonathan Berkowitz, Hasbro’s vice president of marketing, said on Thursday. “We are looking forward to adding geocache as a legal, playable word.”
Geocache beat out other popular choices such as bitcoin, cosplay, ew and the runner-up, zen. The words were nominated by fans on Hasbro’s Game Night Facebook page in March and the voting took place between April 2 and 10.
While the next edition of the dictionary, which will include geocache, will not be available until later this year, players competing in national Scrabble competitions will be able to use the word. – Reuters
Tags / Keywords:
Lifestyle, Features, Language, Scrabble, new, word, geocache, Hasbro, online, vote
This gigantic 933kg pumpkin is flying to New York!
Yawning is contagious and a surprisingly common trait
Singapore's luxury pet hotel is ready to pamper your pet
Singapore's luxury pet hotel is ready to pamper your dog or cat
The perfect fit in men's shirts
Business as usual for blogger Jules Yap
HeartwarmingChristmas tale Musical by Aussie troupe enchants crowd
Celeriac, oysters and spreadable pork to trend in 2015: report
Low-glycemic diet may not benefit heart health
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
Hong Kong's former top civil servant found guilty in graft trial
Moscow hotel goes halal in bid to woo Muslim visitors
San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)