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Text slang row rocks the world of Scrabble.



Byline: By MICHAEL CHRISTIE Michael Christie (June 25, 1969 – April 22, 2004) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and NGA Hooters Tour.

Christie was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He was an All-American at the University of South Carolina in 1992.
 

BOARD game fans are battling over plans to allow mobile phone-style text slang into Scrabble.

Texting has become such a worldwide phenomenon that some fans of the famous word game are demanding that terms like luv, 2 morrw and FWIW "For what it's worth." See digispeak.

FWIW - For what it's worth.
 for what it's worth should be made officially acceptable.

But traditionalists are furious and have vowed to scupper any attempt to introduce text slang.

And, as the finals of the National Scrabble Championship approach this Sunday, the war of words has heated up.

Allan Simmons Allan Simmons (born July 27,1959) was one of the founder members of the Association of British Scrabble Players and succeeded Peter Finley as its Chairman. He is now the Chairman of WESPA, the World English Scrabble Players Association. , chairman of the Association of British Scrabble Players The Association of British Scrabble Players oversees competitive Scrabble in the UK. It was formed in 1987 by agreement with J W Spear & Sons, the game's trademark owner, who were subsequently bought out by Mattel in 1993. , said: ``The abbreviated letter sequences in texts are just not words and don't enrich one's vocabulary.''

And Dr Lynne Murphy, lecturer in linguistics at the University of Sussex, said: ``Scuba is an abbreviation but is pronounced as a word and isallowable but FWIW should never appear in Scrabblegames.''

But the opposing camp argue text slang, like FWIW (13 points) are part of everyday language.

Philip Nelkon, of Scrabble, said: ``Text words are now part of young people's vocabularies.

``We are in favour of including some text-speak in future official Scrabble dictionaries.''

Scrabble is now sold in 121 countries around the world and fans include The Queen, Mel Gibson and Keanu Reeves.

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SQUARE GO: Scrabble players are divided over the use of text slang in the popular board game; AGAINST: Allan Simmons
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 14, 2003
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