News article today says:
Scrabble, one of the last bastions of grammatical purism in a world overrun by cell phone text abbreviations, is capitulating to the times.
The board game plans to add 3,000 new words to its official dictionary, including several slang terms like "thang" (9 points) and "grrl" (5 points) as well as pop culture touchstones, like Facebook and MySpace.
Turning the most heads is the inclusion of "innit," a condensation of "isn't it" that will earn you 5 points - and the undying hatred of any English majors who are playing along.
I'm... just dumbstruck. Grrl? Thang? INNIT?! Now granted, I haven't played Scrabble in forever. Still, I think one of the reasons people play Scrabble is simply to show how much smarter they are than the other person. But adding words like those certainly aren't going to help anyone feel smart. Part of me wants to see the official word list, after they add 3,000 more words including those above. Part of me is scared to even look.