Adding proper nouns to the scrabble database

In 2010 the rules of the word game Scrabble where being changed for the first time in its history to allow the use of propoer nouns. Place names, people’s names and company names or brands are now counting. Until 2010 a few proper nouns had been allowed which were determined by a word list based on the Collins dictionary.

In Scrabble, players try to gain the highest points by making words with individual letter tiles on a grid board. Each letter tile has a points value between one and 10, based on the letter’s frequency in standard English. Various coloured squares on the board can double or triple a player’s points.

New Dimension

Games company Mattel said there was no hard and fast rule over whether a proper noun was correct or not.

A spokeswoman for the company said the use of proper nouns would “add a new dimension” to Scrabble and “introduce an element of popular culture into the game”.

She said: “This is one of a number of twists and challenges included that we believe existing fans will enjoy and will also enable younger fans and families to get involved.”

However, Mattel said it would not be doing away with the old rules altogether. It will continue to sell a board with the original rules.

Scrabble was invented in 1938 by American-born architect Alfred Butts. He later sold the rights and it was trademarked in 1948.

Now searchable in Wordhelp

After some complaints from our users we have now decided to add propoer nouns to our database and they are now searchable in the scrabble database. We added 245 countries and 7300 prominent cities like large cities and captials etc.

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February 10, 2018

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