NEW YORK -- The official dictionary for perennial board game Scrabble announced 6,500 new words, including "lolz," "Facetime," "emoji" and "ridic."
The Collins Official Scrabble Words, the official guide to words allowed for international tournament play for the Hasbro game, released a new edition this week with 6,500 new words, which also include "lotsa," "twerking," "sexting," "blech" and "shizzle."
Collins said the list is "influenced by all parts of life including social media, slang, technology and food, plus English from around the world."
Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins, said social media has changed the way the company chooses words.
"Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words," Newstead told the BBC. "Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages -- you name it -- so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."
Do you keep your cereal boxes on the counter so your groggy morning self can grab and go? You might be sabotaging your diet without even knowing it. A new study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, found that storing your food the wrong way could make you pack on the pounds.
Researchers at The Ohio State University visited the homes of 50 obese people and 50 non-obese people, with an average age of 47. They interviewed each participant and observed their home structure and environment. They found that obese people tended to have less healthy food available at home, and they tended to spend more money on fast food. They also tended to have more refrigerators and freezers than non-obese people.
But it was the availability of food around that house that stood out to the researchers. Obese people also had more food readily visible, distributed across more locations in the home. So if you keep a candy jar in your living room, or have a bag of chips lying around your computer desk, it might be doing more harm than you realize.
The scientists involved in the study want to make it clear that leaving food everywhere isn't the cause of obesity; rather, it is a reflection of the way different people think about food. Obese people were more likely to report feeling depressed more anxious about food, and had a harder time passing on junk food when they were having a bad day, whether or not they were hungry.
"If food is something you're thinking about a lot, it potentially becomes a source of stress. And yet it's something hard not to think about," lead researcher Charles Emery said in a press release."You can't just stop eating, but ideally you can change the way you eat and, to some degree, change the way you're thinking about eating."
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