The makers of the word play game Scrabble, are in the process of allowing Proper Nouns, such as Google, Facebook and Aldi, to their repertoire of allowed words. This has angered Scrabble players across the world, but Mattel have indicated that this is the start of a much broader change to encourage younger people to play the game.
Once the Proper Nouns have settled in, giving a new use for 'Q' in Qantas, they plan to allow text speak (or txtspk as it is called).
"This will allow us to broaden the appeal into the teenage market, which is huge," said Quertzl Czechovski (worth over five hundred points across two triple word scores, under the new Proper Noun rule).
In order to accommodate this change, sixteen new tiles will be added to the standard one hundred letter tiles, containing the numbers one to nine, with extra twos, fours and eights.
"The new number tiles will be worth twenty points," said Czechovski. "This will encourage their use during the game, for making words such as 2moro and 4e4, which will be gr8!"
Scrabble world champion, Bo Ring, is leading a campaign to stop Mattel in it's tracks.
"This is an affront to everything that is Scrabble," he said. "It was bad enough that they changed the letter frequency for the French version, but this is intolerable."