Posted on July 10, 2020

Scrabble Bans 236 Bigoted Words, Slurs from Official List

Natalie O'Neill, New York Post, July 9, 2020


Players of the classic board game will no longer be able to rack up points for spelling out racial and ethnic slurs, according to Scrabble officials.

A total of 236 bigoted words were removed from the official Scrabble word list used at tournaments — in order to make the game friendlier to all types of people. {snip}


The group didn’t say which specific words had been removed but Chew told NPR the “N word” — {snip} — was among the first to get the boot.

The toy company Hasbro, which owns the rights to Scrabble, backed up the decision by changing the rules of the game “to make clear that slurs are not permissible.”

The firm said it has worked to eliminate offensive words from the game’s dictionary with every new edition that’s released.