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Top NZ Scrabble player pushes back against Mattel's planned 'slur' cull

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Tue, 29 Jun 2021, 7:20pm

Top NZ Scrabble player pushes back against Mattel's planned 'slur' cull

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 29 Jun 2021, 7:20pm

Scrabble fans may need to rethink what words they use.

Mattel, who owns scrabble, wants to eliminate hate speech in its game. They want derogatory slurs that relate to a persons race, sexuality, religion gone from the official dictionary.

But the World Scrabble Players' Association disagree - saying a word is a word.

Nick Ascroft, a top New Zealand Scrabble player who is investigating all of this, told Heather du Plessis-Allan that it is hard to decide which words should be allowed or not, as it can change between countries. 

"Having looked at the list of words they are cutting, you kind of realise it is an impossible task. You can't really draw a line around these kinds of words."

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