Bitcoin has finally gone mainstream, in the weirdest of ways. It’s now officially a word in Scrabble™ and it’s worth an impressive 11 points – although, of course, playing the bingo directly from the center tile would net you an extra fifty. And the double letter score from the O would get you another point. So – oh good grief, I was writing about Bugattis just a few months ago. What happened? (Editor’s note: life.)
The poster child for the digital currency industry has joined the likes of botnet and emoji as part of a modern, 300-word addition to the Merrian-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Some of the other highlights include:
Can Grandparents Play Scrabble™ Anymore?
It used to be that kids could play Scrabble™ with their grandparents, who hadn’t quite mastered the finer points of Call of Duty. Another 800 words were added to the dictionary earlier in the year, and the age gap could prove to be a real issue in inter-generational Scrabble™ wars going forward.
These are not words that the older generation tend to use and this could be a seminal moment in Scrabble™ history, a time when the game moves on and becomes cool. Okay, cooler. Slightly.
At Least It’s Good For Bitcoin
As for Bitcoin, it’s a good sign that the virtual currency is finding mainstream acceptance. Let’s not get carried away here, it’s hardly a starring role in the latest Hollywood blockbuster (or ironic TV show), but it is a sign that Bitcoin is creeping into the public consciousness.
Of course, Hasbro – the owners of the Scrabble™ brand crossword puzzle – aren’t the only ones to wake up to Bitcoin. Amazon and eBay are awash with T-shirts, bumper stickers, phone covers and mouse mats. Some of them are entertaining in their own special way. Others are less original and come dangerously close to copyright infringement.
Still, it’s a good sign that the Bitcoin logo is working its way into the language… even if it’s kind of a death knell for grandparents playing Scrabble™ with the family.
The author isn’t currently invested in any digital assets.
Scrabble™ is a trademark of Hasbro. Hasbro is notoriously litigious 🙂