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Devon Dialect For Scrabble

The finished board in the third game during the final of the National Scrabble Championship, in London. Photo: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Scrabble lovers could soon be racking up double-digit scores with Devon words like quaazy, zowpig and gleanies.

The words are among a selection of English regional terms being considered for inclusion in the official Scrabble dictionary by bosses of the popular board game.

Quaazy is a Devon word meaning unwell and zowpig is an old name for a woodlouse, while gleanies is a term for a guinea fowl.

Other regional terms include twag, which means to play truant in East Yorkshire, and arrad, which is a Lincolnshire term for being tired.

As new words emerge, often at the cost of traditional dialects, Scrabble said it is keen to bring some older, endangered words back to the attention of the next generation.

Experts approached regional word societies across the UK to encourage them to submit words on the brink of extinction.

The terms will become officially playable when they are included in the next edition of the Collins Scrabble Dictionary.

Competitors taking part in Sunday's Scrabble National Championship in London have backed the move.

New and emerging words are included within the Scrabble dictionary, so it is fun and appropriate to celebrate rarer, older ones.

– Paul Gallen, Belfast solicitor

If you are a word lover, you welcome any initiative that celebrates every corner of the language.

– Olawale Fashina, Liverpool acountant