Do you know what these new Scrabble words mean? video

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stuff.co.nz takes to the streets to ask people if they know the meaning of some of the new Scrabble words.

It just got a whole lot easier to use the "Z" tile in Scrabble.

Collins, the maker of the classic board game, has released its updated official word list, which includes more than 6500 new words. 

Among them are slang words such as "lolz" (laughs), "shizzle" (rap slang for "sure" or "s***") and "bezzy" (best friend), as well as offerings inspired by pop culture, including twerking, onesie and cakeages (the corkage fee for cake at a restaurant).

More than 6500 new words have been added to the official Scrabble word list.

More than 6500 new words have been added to the official Scrabble word list.

Then there is the British slang word "dench", which was coined by rapper Lethal Bizzle and means "excellent" (it is also the last name of Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench).

One of the highest-scoring new entries is "quinzhee" – a shelter made from hollowed-out snow – which scores 29 points, while "checkbox" (the clickable box on a computer screen) will get you 28.

And if you have some spare vowels to use up, you can now do so thanks to the new onomatopoeic interjections added to the list – "augh", "eew", "waah" or "yeesh", for example.

While the changes may be disconcerting for some ardent Scrabble fans, don't worry – there are still 250,000 other acceptable words to choose from.

"Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words," said Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins.

"Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages – you name it – so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."

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 - Stuff

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