It has been a hectic year for the popular cryptocurrency, but who’s to say otherwise as Bitcoin joins the fun along with 300 other words on the age-old family word game, Scrabble.
Bitcoin has for a long while now been the face of cryptocurrencies in general, especially to a world that is not familiar with digital transactions or decentralized platforms. Its features and inclusions in major topics and aspects continue to raise awareness of its own.
The trend continues as Merriam-Webster, known as the dictionary standard setter around the world recently included more than 300 new words to its list of words that can be used in the popular board game Scrabble, according to the New York Times. If any digital currency was going to be added, it should be none other than the king of cryptocurrencies; Bitcoin.
Along with commonly used terms in present pop-culture such as bestie, arancini, ew, twerk and a host of about 300 other words, Bitcoin joins the list of accepted words, ready to help you win. While the value of the digital currency might have hit a snag this year and losing its value, you can be sure that Bitcoin’s assigned 11 points would be as consistent as ever to help you push that high score.
It is words like Bitcoin that makes the game of Scrabble exciting to play, because they offer a new and refreshing feeling, according to associate editor and Lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, Emily Brewster.
Cryptocurrency Journey into the Mainstream
This year has seen a reasonable push of awareness for digital currencies, and even blockchain as terms like the bitcoin increases the industry’s visibility.
This year also saw the addition of the word “cryptocurrency,” where previous updates included the blockchain and Initial Coin Offering (ICO).
The global dictionary, Merriam-Webster defines cryptocurrency as “any form of currency that only exists digitally, that usually has no central issuing or regulating authority, but instead uses a decentralized system to record transactions and manage the issuance of new units, and that relies on cryptography to prevent counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions.” Bitcoin is defined as “a digital currency created for use in peer-to-peer online transactions.”
These developments only serve to reinforce the fact that bitcoin and other related words are terms that the world should be familiar with. This would then come as no surprise though, given that “bitcoin” appeared in Eminem’s rap recently, and even in a Kim Kardashian wager, as the crypto world continue to push into the mainstream.