‘Words With Friends’ Adds 50,000 New Words
About six years ago, actor Alec Baldwin made some news, but not for a role in a new movie or a television appearance.
He was removed from an American Airlines flight for playing ‘Words with Friends' on his mobile phone.
Stories from 2011 say Baldwin may have continued playing the game even though he was told to put his phone away.
But now, if Baldwin is still a fan of the game, he has a lot more words to choose from.
The game developer recently announced it is adding 50,000 words from popular culture.
Some of the words include BFF, delish, hangry, bae and bestie.
BFF stands for "best friends forever." Something that is "delish" tastes very good. Someone who is hungry and angry is "hangry."
A man might call his girlfriend his "bae" and a person's BFF might also be her "bestie."
Gurpreet Singh supervises the game for Zynga, the company that created the game.
He said Zynga gets 5,000 suggestions per day for new words.
The words may not be familiar to English learners, but they are "slang," or non-traditional words that are not found in dictionaries.
Zynga says the game has been installed on 200 million phones since 2009. According to the company, at any given time, about 57 million Words with Friends games are going on.
The new words will give players over 200,000 words to choose from.
"Twerk" and "selfie" were added to the game in 2014. Earlier this year, "covfefe" was added. If you recall, that was a strange word that appeared in one of President Donald Trump's tweets in late May.
A selfie is a photo someone takes of oneself using the camera built into a mobile phone. A twerk is a kind of dance move.
Singh says he knows a lot of these words are not correct English words. But he and his team pay attention to popular terms that might help people have more fun when they are playing.
Right now, one of his favorite words is "queso." It is worth a lot of points when he is playing Words with Friends. Queso is the Spanish word for cheese. But in the United States, people understand this as melted cheese one might order at a Mexican restaurant or pour on top of tortilla chips.
I'm Dan Friedell.
1.removed from 移除
The boy is removed from school.
2.Right now 立刻
I feel pretty dead right now.
3.dance move 舞蹈动作
Do that dance move for me again.
4.pay attention to 注意到
I don't pay attention to such gossip.
5.The words may not be familiar to English learners, but they are "slang," or non-traditional words that are not found in dictionaries.
be familiar to 对...熟悉
Your name is familiar to me.
This person looks quite familiar to me.
6.Stories from 2011 say Baldwin may have continued playing the game even though he was told to put his phone away.
put away 放下
She finished putting the milk away and turned around.
Her bed was crisply made, her clothes put away.
大约在6年前，演员亚立克·鲍德温（Alec Baldwin）曾轰动一时，不过不是因为新电影或电视剧中的角色 。
BFF意为“永远最好的朋友” 。描述一种物品很“delish”是指尝起来很美味 。而“hangry”用来形容某人饿到发怒 。
加勒特·辛格（Gurpreet Singh）负责为星佳公司管理填字游戏 。
星佳公司称，自2009年以来，有2亿手机用户安装了这款游戏 。据该公司还指出，任何时间都有约5700万用户在玩填字游戏 。
2014年增加了“Twerk”和“selfie” 。年初又新增了“covfefe” 。该热词是去年5月特朗普总统发推特时创造的 。
“selfie”是指用手机给自己拍摄照片 。“twerk”是指电臀舞 。
辛格表示，他知道这些热词大多不是标准的英语词汇 。但他和团队注意到，流行词汇可以帮助玩家获取更多乐趣 。
他现在最喜欢的词汇是“queso” 。这个单词在填字游戏中的分值很高 。questo是西班牙词汇，意为“奶酪” 。而在美国，人们把其理解成墨西哥餐厅出售的那种液体奶酪，或者摊在玉米薄饼上的奶酪 。