A one year long movement by Toy Company Mattel and Collins Dictionary is underway to get some offensive scrabble words removed.
Newsroom reports Mattel and Collins plan to remove “400-odd slurs from the official dictionary”.
New Zealand Scrabble Assocation President Howard Warner told Kerre McIvor they don’t really need to.
“They have no rights to dictate what word sources people use in scrabble”.
Howard believes Mattel have sewn a discord across the scrabble world and created division.
“Scrabble is about scoring points with combinations of letters.
“I could be playing against a little old church going Maori woman who plays against me, the N word or the C word, and neither of us are going to raise an eyebrow or even notice the word itself – we’re just thinking about the points or the position on the board” says Howard.
A young Singaporean player described it to be like boxing – You would never punch someone in the outside world, but in the boxing ring it’s perfectly legitimate, it’s the game”.