Official "SCRABBLE Word of the Day": Dildo

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Over at Hasbro.com right now on Sunday afternoon, the official "SCRABBLE Word of the Day" is, er, "DILDO." For 7 points. Click image above for screenshot of full Web page. Scrabble Crossword Board Game (Thanks, Jess Hemerly!)
UPDATE: Well, they've since changed the word to "Triply," but the screenshot of "DILDO" on the Hasbro.com Web page will live on in perpetuity here.

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  1. Aww, look at that happy little word, all cute wooden tiles at jaunty angles!

    Even if the SexIsEvilâ„¢ and OMGThinkOfTheChildrenâ„¢ Brigades come down on Hasbro like a ton of brimstone bricks and get it removed, I’m glad that some people would have learnt a new word in a frank, factual way without judgement. Triple-letter score!

  2. Far as I know, Dildo -is- in the Scrabble(tm) player’s dictionary. If ya don’t like it you can go stuff something somewhere.

  3. Oh my god! The first time I ever heard this word was when my mom played it in scrabble! haha I was like… “mommy, whats a dildo?” and she just laughed rediculously

  4. And I couldn’t use ‘vagina’ today because I was playing with my twelve year old brother and my mother would have said something about it. Sigh.

  5. I swear by all I hold dear that the following story is true.

    At the 2003 Wisconsin Dells tournament, late in the game and trailing my opponent by almost a hundred points, I had DDEILOS on my rack. I saw DILDOES immediately because in a recent friendly game I’d had a similar rack, but with a blank, and spent ten minutes trying to decide if ODDLIEST* was a word.

    The only place to play it on the board was an S-hook with GOOSE. It scored 69 points, and my opponent momentarily forgot that GOOSE can be a verb, so GOOSES isn’t just an incorrect plural. Between the points and her lost turn, I came from behind to win the game.

    It won the Best Play in my division for the tournament. I thought it was because “DILDOES/GOOSES for 69” tells a story, but it turns out the judges just wanted to see the tournament director have to say “DILDOES” in front of the sweet little old ladies that populate Scrabble tournaments.

  6. @Semiotix #28: Good story.

    I have bittersweet feelings toward Scrabble. Not too long ago a friend bought me the game, only to immediately ‘borrow’ it. C’est le vie. Good thing they’re on the cheap.

  7. #28: “Between the points and her lost turn, I came from behind to win the game.”

    I lol’d.

    BONUS: One of my captcha “words” is “69”. I’m not kidding. This is just getting weird.

  8. I’m not sure why they changed the word, they should be proud of the word “dildo”.

    If it is in the dictionary, and can be used in the game, then own it ! Let’s not be puritan bastards.

  9. In the 1990s, the third edition of the “Official Scrabble player’s dictionary” removed a number of controversial words, which made some schools and home players happy, but really ticked off competitive players. Most tournaments use the full unexpurgated word set, so the “Official” isn’t really official now, for the purposes of competition.

    Here’s a list of the words that were “banned” in the third edition. “Dildo” didn’t get cut, but a number of other sexually, scatalogically, and ethnically charged words did.

  10. You can bet some interns are going to be very, very busy this week, removing every potentially embarrassing word from the database.

  11. #33, John Mark Ockerbloom:

    Most tournaments use the full unexpurgated word set

    I’ve just written a script to search the tournament dictionaries, so I can present all occurences of ‘fuck’ from the US/Canada tournament list:

    : fuck
    : fucked
    : fucker
    : fuckers
    : fucking
    : fuckoff
    : fuckoffs
    : fucks
    : fuckup
    : fuckups
    : motherfucker
    : motherfuckers
    : motherfucking

    And the gratifyingly larger list from the rest of the world’s list:

    : fuck
    : fucked
    : fucker
    : fuckers
    : fucking
    : fuckings
    : fuckoff
    : fuckoffs
    : fucks
    : fuckup
    : fuckups
    : fuckwit
    : fuckwits
    : headfuck
    : headfucks
    : mindfuck
    : mindfucks
    : motherfucker
    : motherfuckers
    : motherfucking
    : starfucker
    : starfuckers
    : starfucking
    : starfuckings

  12. #33, John Mark Ockerbloom:

    Most tournaments use the full unexpurgated word set

    I’ve just written a script to search the tournament dictionaries, so I can present all occurences of ‘fuck’ from the US/Canada tournament list:

    : fuck
    : fucked
    : fucker
    : fuckers
    : fucking
    : fuckoff
    : fuckoffs
    : fucks
    : fuckup
    : fuckups
    : motherfucker
    : motherfuckers
    : motherfucking

    And the gratifyingly larger list from the rest of the world’s list:

    : fuck
    : fucked
    : fucker
    : fuckers
    : fucking
    : fuckings
    : fuckoff
    : fuckoffs
    : fucks
    : fuckup
    : fuckups
    : fuckwit
    : fuckwits
    : headfuck
    : headfucks
    : mindfuck
    : mindfucks
    : motherfucker
    : motherfuckers
    : motherfucking
    : starfucker
    : starfuckers
    : starfucking
    : starfuckings

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