A month after turning to fans for the first time to propose a new word for its Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, Hasbro revealed the winner: geocache.
The eight-letter word, which will be challenging to implement since players only have seven letters at a time, beat the No. 2 word in the running, the far more useful “Zen.” It also beat out “bitcoin,” “cosplay” and “ew.” Geocache is a verb with the definition “to seek items by means of a GPS device as part of a game.”
In March, Hasbro, the owner of the game, asked fans to nominate their picks on the company’s Hasbro Game Night Facebook Page.
The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, the first update in nine years, is scheduled for release this summer. Preempting complaints from hardcore fans, Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster, explained that “English is an evolving language.”
“We’ve been watching geocache for some time,” he added.