Friday, May 20, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Part Three of The Current
Scrabble - Shan Abassi
The official Scrabble dictionary is adding nearly 3,000 new words to its pages including a handful of slang terms that have some players up in arms but as word spread at this scrabble tournament in Saskatoon... there were other emotions. We aired some tape of competitive Scrabble players at a recent tournament in Saskatoon reacting to the news that the Collins Official Scrabble Words Book -- the dictionary most commonly used in international Scrabble play -- is adding words such as Myspace, webzine, Facebook and Wiki as well as some slang such as innit --which means isn't it ... thang -- a substitute for thing and grrl, spelled g-r-r-r-l. Apparently either 2 or 3 r's are acceptable.
But some of the new slang words are not sitting well with some Scrabble enthusiasts. Shan Abassi is a Director of the Mississauga Scrabble Club. He also plays competitively -- next month he'll be playing in the Canadian National Championship. Shan Abassi was in Toronto.
Scrabble - Sarah Churchwell
But according to Sarah Churchwell, there's not much we can -- or should -- try to do about the fact that languages change. Sarah Churchwell is a professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia and she was in London, England.
Scrabble - Andrew McAfee
And we gave the last word on the subject of Scrabble to someone who has a much more fundamental problem with the game. Andrew McAfee is a research scientist at the Centre for digital business at MIT.
Artist: Yann Tiersen
Cd: Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amelie Poulain Film
Cut: # 1, J'Y Suis Jamais Alle
This Day in History
On this day in 1980, a failed attempt at Quebec sovereignty only gets 40% support in a referendum.
31 years later, Stephen Harper describes 40% support as "a strong, stable majority".
Other segments from today's show: