Scrabble Chiefs Split Over Whether Homophobic Slurs Are Acceptable Words

The world of  Scrabble is split over whether to remove racial and anti-homophobic slurs from its official dictionaries.

A decision on removing the “N-word” as well as homophobic and transphobic terms including “bumboy” from the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) list of accepted words is due anytime.

Language has become a hotly debated topic after protests against racism following the death of George Floyd in U.S. police custody on May 25, with bands, consumer brands, and buildings and roads named after slave traders renamed.

“We are told when we get for the first time to a Scrabble club or tournament that words have no meaning on a Scrabble board. Most people accept that without question,” said John Chew, the Chief Executive of NASPA.

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