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3:35 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

OMG! Scrabble To Add New Words To Its Dictionary

Scrabble board (We Are CS/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 3:12 pm

Every year the world’s major dictionaries unveil their new offerings, adding words that reflect new trends, technologies and fads. But Scrabble has long been a bastion of tradition.

Scrabble dictionaries are updated only every five to 10 years, and words vying for a coveted position between “aa” (a pointy rock found in Hawaii) and “zyme” (something that causes zymotic disease), must first go through an exhaustive process. That is, until this week.

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Assignment: Radio
10:36 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Preserving Creek Linguistic Heritage: An Interview With Gloria McCarty

Gloria McCarty, Creek language instructor at the University of Oklahoma.
Credit Ana Noshpal

Even though parts of Oklahoma were known as Indian Territory in the 19th and early 20th centuries, today only a few thousand citizens speak the Creek language. University of Oklahoma Creek instructor Gloria McCarty and her family are a few of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject.

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