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Keema, aloo and gobi make their way to Scrabble dictionary

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The Collins scrabble dictionary has added nearly 3000 new words in the present edition.
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The Collins scrabble dictionary has added nearly 3000 new words in the present edition.

Common words from Indian cuisines such as keema, aloo and gobi, and slangs like thang, innit and grrl have made their way to the latest Scrabble lexicon.

The Collins Official Scrabble Words also now includes words from the Internet such as Wiki and Myspace among nearly 3,000 new additions to those allowed in the popular word game played across the world.

Others permitted include words for various kinds of drug such as tik, gak and tina.

The list for the latest edition of the book, which is released on Monday, was created by staff at Collins Dictionaries based in Glasgow, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The publishers say it is the “most comprehensive Scrabble wordlist ever produced.”

Robert Groves, editor of Collins English Dictionaries and editor of the latest word list for Scrabble users, said: “The latest edition adds nearly 3000 new words to the existing quarter of a million available to Scrabble players.

“These additions are an eclectic mix of new technological jargon, overseas English, recent colloquialisms, street slang, and a few fairly well established phrases that had not made it onto the list until now.

“Over half of British homes own a Scrabble board, over four million games are sold worldwide each year, and nearly anyone who has played it has been involved in a dispute over which words can and can’t be used. Now all those arguments can be settled, with the latest official wordlist from Collins — the authority on Scrabble.”

The last edition of the book was published in 2007.

Mark Nyman, who was crowned world Scrabble champion in 1993, said: “It’s like the ‘bible’ really for Scrabble players. It’s what we use to avoid any major arguments. It’s fundamental, really.”