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Scrabble now allows the most ‘ridic’ words

Good news Scrabble fans! A new edition of your favorite and most "grammatically correct" book has published, but it comes with a few new "ridic" words.

"Lolz", "cakehole," "ridic" and "sexting" are just some of the peculiar words that are now acceptable in a game of Scrabble, according to the latest edition of "Collins Official Scrabble Words," published on Thursday.

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Around 6,500 words have been added to the most comprehensive Scrabble dictionary, which already contains 250,000 accepted words.

Many of the phrases that have been added reflect modern-day culture and how we interact with one another, whether that's through our electronic devices or not. Prior to Thursday, the most up-to-date version of "Collins" was the 2011 edition.

Now, contemporary trends and objects such as "twerking" and "onesie" have all been taken into account , along with short onomatopoeic words such as "eew" and "yeesh."

Out of the new words, "bezzy" (best friend), "cazh" (casual) and "paczki" (round, filled doughnut) all score a high 17 points or more, in a game of Scrabble. An Inuit's snow shelter or "Quinzhee" will score players 29 points and that's not even on a triple word score!

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Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins, said that one reason for the influx of words was down to the "exciting era" of Internet and social media we live in.

"The Internet age has revolutionised the inclusion of slang in dictionaries and Collins Official Scrabble Words is no exception. Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words," Newstead said in a statement.

"Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages, you name it so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."

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In August 2014, Merriam-Webster's fifth edition of "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary" added phrases such as "chillax" and "frenemy."

The highest number of Scrabble games played simultaneously to date is 521 games, by 1,042 participants in Singapore in March 2006, according to the Guinness World Records.