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February 22nd, 2009

Someone's last day at Hasbro, perhaps? @ 07:54 pm

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Thanks to thewalkingman for alerting me to this.

The Word of the Day, at the official Scrabble site.



In case you missed it, that's:



(Full-size screencap can be found here)

It was up for a while. I seen it, I did.

Iz now changed. But still...
 
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From:mouseferatu
Date:February 23rd, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
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Someone's last day at Hasbro, perhaps?

One way or another...
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From:captain_jester
Date:February 23rd, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
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My thoughts exactly
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From:repton_infinity
Date:February 23rd, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
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There's a Mac scrabble game that I played (against the AI) a fair bit a while ago. It was quite good ... but the dictionary was bowlderised. I think I noticed when I tried to play "FART" (or some derivitive word) and got turned down.

I'm pretty sure the official dictionary contains that, though (and all the other usual suspects).
From:heliograph
Date:February 23rd, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
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I think it is just random. If you enter "dildo" into the dictionary above and to the left of the word of the day, it give you the same definition.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:February 23rd, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
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It could well be. Still, you'd think they'd have an editor or SOMEONE look it over first thing...

Just to avoid, well, things like THIS...
From:heliograph
Date:February 23rd, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
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What? It is a perfectly cromulent word.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:February 23rd, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
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How embiggened of you to say...
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From:mythdude
Date:February 23rd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
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I for one find this HILARIOUS. :D
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From:exmoor_cat
Date:February 23rd, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
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It was a bit premature for them to let it slip out.....
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From:wingedelf
Date:February 23rd, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
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It's also a place name- the town of Dildo is on the western side of the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, just a bit south of Heart's Desire.
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From:kagomeshuko
Date:February 23rd, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
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Yes, but proper nouns are NOT allowed in Scrabble.
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From:paulsoth
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
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Does that include Eromanga, Australia?
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From:blackjackrocket
Date:February 23rd, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
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Eromanga? I have some of th--

--I mean wait.
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From:dryadgrl
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
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"just south of Heart's Desire"

uh huh....
From:siobharek
Date:February 23rd, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
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And just nw of Spread Eagle, I see...
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From:lipsum
Date:February 25th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
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*wanders in from dryadgrl's journal*

Canada wins.
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From:kagomeshuko
Date:February 23rd, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
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*snicker*
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From:tarpo
Date:February 23rd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
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nu uh! Its a pretty little town in Newfoundland! I'm pretty sure its unable to be substituted for a penis..
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From:selinker
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
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John, let me educate you about Scrabble dictionaries, so that you have no doubt that this was a malicious act. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, which Hasbro sanctions, was originally published in 1978. It had all sorts of words George Carlin might have found useful.

Then a woman named Judith Grad got ahold of it, and found the word "jew" (lowercase) was defined as "bargain with (offensive)." She requested that it be changed, and then the Anti-Defamation League got involved, and you don't mess with the ADL, and soon Hasbro was issuing an official edition of the OSPD with all the offensive words removed. Scrabble players went crazy (can you imagine getting the letters AEHLOSS on your opening rack and not being able to bingo?). So Hasbro agreed to have a tournament edition which contained the offensive words. It's not published per se, but the tournament people all have it.

At some point, the Scrabble website was created in Rhode Island. Now, you've met Hasbro. Do you think they're the kind of company that, when given a choice between a standardized list that's Potato Head-friendly and a variant list that's foul-mouthed, would pick the latter? No way. They had to have picked the official list. And every day they randomly generate a word for use on the site. Until today. How do I know? Well, this is the definition of DILDO in the tournament list:

DILDO—n., a vibrating device that substitutes for an erect penis to provide vaginal stimulation

Does that look like the definition on the site? Nope. So it was manually typed in, likely by someone who was cognizant (one way or the other, as noted above) that this was his or her last day. Pure sabotage.

Oh, wait, I need to make a correction. In the first paragraph, I said that this was a malicious act. I was wrong. It was a malicious and drop-dead hysterical act.

Mike
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From:kitanin
Date:February 23rd, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
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<tweet> Fifteen yard penalty for Cultural Imperialism!

There are two official tournament lists, one for North America and Thailand, and one for Everyone Else Who Plays The Game In English. And the words I find on my rack are always in the other one. =D

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From:selinker
Date:February 23rd, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
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Oh, I know. When I wrote the response, I strongly considered a multi-paragraph diversion involving the word "SOWPODS," but then thought better of it. Clearly I should have reconsidered.

Then again, "sowpods" would probably have been removed from the US OSPD as being offensive....
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From:blackjackrocket
Date:February 23rd, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
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Why would Thailand have the same one as North America?
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From:selinker
Date:February 23rd, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
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The rise of Thai players on the competitive Scrabble scene was unexpected, to say the least. The Kings Cup was a little-known tournament in the states, but a few U.S. players such as Joel Sherman kept winning or placing high in it. It became very well-known when Thai native Panupol Sujjayakorn won the world championship over a whole lot of people who could speak English a whole lot better than he could. (Memorizing strings of letters does not require context.)

I can only speculate as to why the Thai organizers chose TWL (the US/Canada/Israel list) over SOWPODS (the rest of the world). It might be because some early winners of the Kings Cup were Thai that lived in the U.S. Since the big prize money was in the U.S., and since Scrabble was promoted as a way to learn English, they probably allied with U.S. tournament list to be playing the same game as the best in the world. Maybe.

Now if only Murray Head would have sung that song about playing Scrabble in Bangkok instead ("I'd let you watch, I would invite you, but the racks we use would not excite you...").

Mike
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From:zenfrodo
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
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International scrabble tournaments...wow.

And I thought the professional beer pong championships were pushing my credulity limits. AND my WTF limit. :)
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From:zonemind
Date:February 23rd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Well, if I ask the Hasbro Scrabble dictionary for dildos, it gives me dildos. So 'tis not the "school use" OSPD on the back-end.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:February 23rd, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
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"the Hasbro Scrabble dictionary for dildos"

That sounds like a pretty good book title, considering one or two people I used to play against. :-)
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From:selinker
Date:February 23rd, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
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I tried typing in George Carlin's words, and they don't show up. Once something is in the system, it's in the system. Doesn't mean it started there.

Mike
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From:zonemind
Date:February 23rd, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
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I tried "smegma" and it was in there, too. That's the most offensive word I know…
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From:zonemind
Date:February 23rd, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
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The last game of Scrabble I played, I won with the word "VULVA". I swore I would never play again. That was several years ago.

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