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Scrabble dictionary's new words include 'selfie,' 'hashtag'

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Scrabble fans are about to get a lot more choices when mixing and matching those lettered blocks: 5,000 new words have been added to the official dictionary, including "selfie," "bromance" and "buzzkill." (Via mydalliance / CC BY NC ND 2.0

It's been 10 years since the classic word game updated its vocabulary, and the new additions — including "hashtag," "dubstep" even "schmutz" — inject some 21st-century lingo into the 76-year-old game. (Via KTNV)

So far, Merriam-Webster, the company that publishes "The Official Scrabble Player Dictionary," has released only 30 of the 5,000 new words it will add to its expansive 100,000-word archive. So we really only got a small sample.

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One powerhouse of a new word is "quinzhee." 

ABC: "This is apparently a shelter made from digging in a pile of snow. ... There's a potential of a 401-point play."

Some two-letter words have been added, as well: "da" (short for dad), "gi" (a white garment worn in martial arts) and "po" (a chamber pot). (Via Jonathon Colman / CC BY NC ND 2.0)

John Chew, co-president of the North American Scrabble Players Association, said the updates will "go a long way toward bringing us closer to the language as it is currently spoken." (Via CNN)

As nice as the modernized vocabulary is for the word game, some Scrabble enthusiasts have shrugged off the new additions.

Forbes contributor and Scrabble enthusiast Jeremy Greenfield says most die-hard Scrabble players don't even use the official dictionary due to some questionable entries. He cites the book "Word Freak," which says some players are offended by the inclusion of "'jew' (a verb meaning 'bargained in a miserly way') and others, like 'fart' and 'fatso.'"

Greenfield said players instead use competing dictionaries like "The Official Tournament and Club Word List" or, for international players, the extensive word list called "SOWPODS." (Via Howcast)

The new fifth edition of "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary" goes on sale Wednesday, but the new words will be sidelined for the upcoming 2014 National Scrabble Championship in Buffalo, New York, on Aug. 9, as the updated official dictionary goes into effect Dec. 1.

News quiz: Soccer shockers; Daytime Emmy winners

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'Halo' speculation: 'Guardians' will follow Classics release

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How about this for the ultimate "Halo" game?

"'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' has been revealed for Xbox One. According to a report from Engadget, the collection will include  'Halo: Combat Evolved,' 'Halo 2,' 'Halo 3' and 'Halo 4.' And it will be coming out later this year." (Via IGN)   Engadget's sources claim the remastered bundle "will zero in on "Halo's'" most famous soldier to refresh audience's memories ahead of "Halo 5: Guardians' release." That's likely why spinoffs like "Halo 3: ODST" and "Halo: Reach" aren't included in the set — Master Chief doesn't make an appearance in either game. (Via VISO Games / "Halo 3: ODST") Now, Microsoft has yet to confirm the collection, and it's still unclear who the developer is or if the set will be released on other platforms.   But as Polygon points out, Saber Interactive is a pretty good guess on the developer front. The company was behind 2011's "Combat Evolved Anniversary" and is also working on an unannounced Xbox One project. News of "The Master Chief Collection" came the same day current "Halo" developer 343 Industries announced the long awaited next installment in the franchise, "Halo 5: Guardians," is set to launch in fall 2015 on Xbox One. Few details about the new game were released other than its box art, title and release date. But that's only fueled gamers' speculation about what this new installment will bring. A writer for Game Spot points out the blue-visored character pictured opposite Master Chief in the box art is a completely new, male character — which an executive producer for the "Halo" series at 343 Industries confirmed via Twitter Friday afternoon. It's too early to know much more for sure. But Microsoft says to expect some "Halo"-related talk during its E3 2014 press conference on June 9.

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