Popular English board game, Scrabble has included ‘Bitcoin’ as a playable word in its latest edition as featured on the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. Bitcoin was first added to the Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary in 2016, however the Scrabble dictionary which is updated occasionally (Four years) had not included it previously and only just debuted Bitcoin in this latest update (Sixth version).
This recent update to the scrabble dictionary also featured an addition of over 300 newly accepted words which are common to this generation such as twerk, bestie, beatdown, cakehole and many more. The Merriam-Websters dictionary has been known to quickly add words that pop up in everyday language especially those associated with millennials even though a few critics have queried this approach.
However, according to verifiable sources, it is noteworthy that the dictionary editors had prior to this addition sought the approval of the North American Scrabble Players Association. Its addition of Bitcoin has been relatively smooth as most players have come to terms with a daily or occasional use of the word ‘Bitcoin’ in regular life or everyday conversations.
In its blog post, the Merriam-Webster’s explain thus;
It is important to remember that new words are added to the dictionary only when they have already been used by many people–especially by specialists or subcultures. Then gradually, a word spreads to the rest of us. Every word moves at its own pace, there is no average speed for a word’s acceptance into the language, culture or dictionary. The dictionary’s job is to report this usage as it enters the general vocabulary.
Bitcoin as defined by Webster’s dictionary is ‘a digital currency for use in peer-to-peer online transactions.’ Bitcoin is currently valued at $6400 and worth an 11 points score on the Scrabble board. According to the dictionary’s associate editor Emily Brewster, “the new words like (Bitcoin) will be especially exciting to people to play regularly and refreshingly as they make the game feel anew.”
In all this new addition, is a plus to the cryptocurrency mass adoption chain, as it pin points a new publicity trend and increasing awareness of the cryptocurrency sector; being represented globally in places where public eye can see and help Bitcoin become a household word.
Over the past few months, Bitcoin has featured on celebrity pages, music verses like Eminem’s and also crypto headlines in the football (sports) sector. Other crypto related words notably ‘Fintech’ were included in the scrabble dictionary while words like cryptocurrency, blockchain and initial coin offering (ICO) are available in the Merriam-Webster dictionary but not yet added to the scrabble dictionary.