Nov 2, 2021 • 31M

Can You Play “Jew” in Scrabble?

In the wake of #MeToo and BLM, word games have undergone their own racial reckoning.

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John McWhorter
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Scrabble and other similar games have been the subject of an ongoing lexicographic debate in recent years, with some arguing that ethnic slurs have no place in the official dictionary or on the board. Many tournament players, however, decry the banning of words — the game, they say, is merely descriptivist.