Geocache beats out retweet, cosplay as new Scrabble word

Fans vote for "geocache" to be added to the Official Scrabble Dictionary. Don't even try to get a double-word score for "twerking."

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Geocache -- treasure hunting via GPS -- is the new word added to Hasbro's Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Hasbro

Nothing is sadder than thinking you've outwitted your Scrabble opponent by spelling out "photobomb" thinking you'll rack up the points. Luckily, anyone who doubts your vocabulary skills can look up suspicious words in the Hasbro's Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

But now, thanks to fans who voted in the Scrabble Word Showdown on the Hasbro Game Night Facebook Page -- "geocache" may just be the word you need to win your next match.

Up against the final 16 words such as bitcoin, bestie, ew, retweet, zen, woot, booyah, cosplay, lifehack, and adorbs, geocache came out as the final winner.

Geocache -- an adventurous past time where people use clues and GPS to find real-life hidden treasures often placed on hiking trails and remote locations -- now counts as a legal word to use in a Scrabble game. It's the first new word to be added in nine years, and it will be included in the fifth edition of Hasbro's Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Of course, that doesn't mean everyone has significantly improved their odds of winning many Scrabble games thanks to the addition of geocache. "According to North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) co-president John Chew, the probability of drawing Geocache from a full bag of 100 tiles (98 letters and two blanks) is about 1 in 563,033," reported Slate. "Geocache would rank 22,684th in terms of probability."

So even though geocache was the popular word, many Scrabble players will most likely wish that smaller, more usable words like ew, zen, and woot had been chosen in the end.

 

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