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Boggle and Slang

Boggle and Slang Terms: How to decide which words are valid for Boggle play

How do you decide which words are acceptable when playing Boggle? Exactly where should you draw the line? Traditionally the rule of thumb has been that if the word is in the dictionary it's acceptable for Boggle (and vice versa). This strategy often falls short, however, since the linguistic landscape is constantly changing, especially nowadays in a world of technological innovation and evolution. How could the original creators of Boggle possibly have foreseen the problem of words like "html" or "lol?"

So, if you decide to play Boggle outside of the dictionary model, where do you draw the line? That all depends on the group of Boggle players involved. The best way to play Boggle without a dictionary is to vote on words you're not sure of. Keep in mind, however, that if one Boggle player adheres to a strict viewing of acceptable Boggle words, then the other players will probably hold him/her to the same standards. It is therefore a good idea to come up with a general consensus of what level of strictness you'd like for your Boggle game.

The three basic levels of strictness in terms of slang terms, acronyms, and so forth in Boggle are:

Once your Boggle group comes to an agreement as to which style of Boggle play is right for you, there will be less disagreements and more time to play! Shake the dice, turn the timer, and get back to the business of Boggle!



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