In another proof that Bitcoin is constantly working its way towards the mainstream public, cryptocurrency is now a playable word in Scrabble.
This week, Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of its Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, with 300 new words added, including Bitcoin. The word has already been added to the full version of Merriam-Webster in 2016; however, it is only from this year that the official Scrabble dictionary has finally been updated.
Bitcoin is described as a noun from the dictionary and means "a digital currency". Players can get up to nine or 11 points based on the score of the game. In a blog post, Merriam-Webster explained: "It is important to remember that new words are added to the dictionary only when they have already been used by many people, often initially by specialists or subcultures. one word spreads to the rest of us. "
In addition to Bitcoin, many other words have arrived in the updated Scrabble dictionary, including Emoji, Ew, Ok, Facepalm, Macaron, Puggle and Sriracha, as well as over 100 two-letter words. Peter Sokolowski, editor-in-chief of Merriam-Webster, observed: "For a living language, the only constant is change: the new dictionary entries reflect our language and our culture, including the rich sources of new words like communication technology and the food conditions of foreign languages. "
Merriam-Webster dictionary also listed the words fintech, criptovaluta, blockchain and "ICO" (initial offer of coins).
Bitcoin is becoming a widespread recognition not only as a currency, but as a word that we can use in our daily lives. One way a word can gain recognition in a society is through repeated use, and at the speed with which Bitcoin is being called recently, it may well be on its way to full mainstream popularity.
In addition to making headway in the Scrabble dictionary, Bitcoin was also mentioned a few weeks ago in a song by Eminem's new album "Kamikaze". Now you can rap on Bitcoin and play it to win a game of Scrabble.