Popular board game Scrabble has added the word Bitcoin to its official dictionary, defining Bitcoin simply as a digital currency. This is a milestone for Bitcoin, showing how far it has penetrated mainstream culture. This follows Bitcoin being added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2016, with the slightly more detailed definition of “A digital currency created for use in peer-to-peer online transactions”.

Scrabble was created 80 years ago in 1938, and 150 million sets have been sold since then. The game is sold in 121 countries across 29 languages. The goal is to arrange letters into words on the gameboard, with players getting rewarded points for each word they successfully deploy.

Bitcoin getting added to the official Scrabble dictionary is a big deal for aficionados. It is such a popular game that numerous tournaments are held worldwide, where pride, reputation and possibly money are on the line. During competitions, players must only use words from the official Scrabble dictionary. If a player uses a word that is widely used but not in the official Scrabble dictionary, the competing player would probably challenge it, causing the player being challenged to get no points for their word and lose their turn, which can ultimately cause that player to lose the game.

Therefore, even though Bitcoin is a word with widespread use, up until now if a player used it during Scrabble they risked losing their points and turn. Now the game has changed and players can use the word Bitcoin even in official tournaments.


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