Jackson McHenry
August 06, 2014 AT 08:14 PM EDT

Kids these days are really living in a brave new world, one full of hashtags, superhero movie remakes, and yes, even new Scrabble words.

That last one has been the target of some old-fashioned internet hate over the last few days, as purists everywhere have decried the addition of “selfie” and “mixtape” to the classic board game—or at least to The Official Scrabble Player’s Dictionary, which you can choose not to use if preferable.

And yes, there’s something to be said for keeping selfies out of Scrabble. But have you ever looked at the official Scrabble dictionary? Because there are some pretty ridiculous Scrabble words in it already—the kind no one ever says in real life, but somehow nets you over 30 points when deployed well.

With the help of breaking news reports and Hasbro’s online dictionary, we’ve put together a list of 15 ridiculous Scrabble words that are now legal. So before you complain about the decline of civilization in the form of a board game, see if you can root out the old from the new members of the Scrabble lexicon. If you can, you get a gold star and the license to complain about whatever you want.

1) AA


3) GI


5) QI

6) ZA 


8) QAT 

9) TE

10) XYST 


12) ROM

13) YUZU



If it helps, here are their definitions:

1) “rough, cindery lava” 2) “kayak” 3) “a white garment worn in martial arts” 4) “a small ornamental case for holding needles” 5) “a vital force that in Chinese thought is inherent in all things” 6) “pizza” 7) “the wold of athletes” 8) “an evergreen shrub, of Arabia and Africa, the leaves of which are used as a narcotic when chewed or made into a beverage” 9) “ti” 10) “Greek architectural term for the covered portico of the gymnasium” 11) “dirt, grime” 12) “gypsy man or boy” 13) “a sour Japanese fruit” 14) “a small arboreal frog” 15) “administrative district of Turkey”


Old: 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15

New: 2, 3, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14

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