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Scrabble’s new words spurs existential crisis for Deb Knight, ‘My inner teenager is cringing’

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My inner teenager is cringing at what I’m about to write, but I don’t get the kids of today. They really do speak a different language.

Scrabble has added 500 new words and variations to the game’s official dictionary. I’m down with the cool kids with words like convo, which is short for conversation. I’m OK too with guac, the shortened form of guacamole.

The language experts will be rolling their eyes at the inclusion of new verb variations, like adulted and adulting.

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Deb Knight is shocked by the 500 extra words added to Scrabble. (Instagram)

In a very meta decision, verb itself has been turned into a verb, so you can now use words like verbed and verbing on the Scrabble board.

One of the highest-scoring new words is fauxhawk, which is a hairstyle similar to the punk-era mohawk. Put that word on a triple score square, and the game is yours.

I honestly have no clue though, what some of the new words mean. Stan is a name, isn’t it? Or a streaming service? What is a sitch, a zedonk or a dox?

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Deb Knight took her kids and their friends to Karen's Diner.
She doesn’t understand the terms the cool kids say these days. (Instagram)

To save you reaching for the new official Scrabble dictionary, I’ll help you keep up with the cool kids.

Stan is a word that’s actually been around for decades, coined by US rapper Eminem with his song Stan in 2000. It’s about a man pushed to the edge when his idol wouldn’t answer his fan mail. He’s a combination stalker and fan, and combining the words created the new term, stan.

The kids of today use the term in a less obsessive way. I love Dolly Parton, so I’d say “I stan Dolly.” Who doesn’t, really?

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Deb Knight
Deb says Scrabble is very different now compared to her younger days. (Facebook)

I’m not sure how it works if you stan someone called Stan? We’ve gone all meta again.

Some of the other new words: sitch is short for situation, as in “I’ve been in a sitch like this heaps of times.”

A zedonk is an unusual addition from the animal world: a creature from the horse family that’s a cross between a zebra and a donkey.

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Deborah Knight 2GB
Knight says she’ll still make an effort to understand. (Nine)

And dox, I hear you ask? It’s a take on the word document, to describe publishing someone’s private information on the internet, usually by hackers, as in “someone has dropped Deb’s dox, and all her info is up for grabs on the net”.

Language evolves and changes and it’s sometimes hard keeping up with all the new terms and variations.

One thing I do know: I stan Scrabble, so I’ll give these new words a go.

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