Monday, November 21, 2005

‘Scrabble’ Players Mind Their Ps and Qs Over New Words

GREENPORT, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Scrabble players will no longer have to scramble if they draw the dreaded Q tile.

In March, 4,000 new words will be added to the National Scrabble Association’s dictionary, including the power word “Qi.”

John Williams, Jr., executive director of the association says with the addition of “Qi” – a variation of the word chi – the letter Q shifts from being a “liability to an asset.”

That’s because Q is no longer dependent on the letter U to make a word.

Williams says there have been many tournaments where he was left holding the Q and unable to use it – known as “eating the Q.”

Another high scoring word will also be “Za” – the midwestern way of referring to pizza.

Williams says putting Qi or Za in the right place on the board could earn a player 50 points.

Other words to be added include: “Zep” – a long sandwich; “Zouk” – a west Indian form of dance music; and “Zine” – meaning magazine.

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