Scrabble New South Wales, by majority committee vote in 2020, decided to reject CSW21, the expurgated version of CSW19, and continue to use CSW19 for tournaments organised by the NSW Committee. We believe that at the competition level our game should be played with a pure lexicon, free from interference. WESPA, the international body, have stated they will not rate events played to the unexpurgated CSW19. As most of the events staged by Scrabble NSW are not international in nature, it is not perceived as a disadvantage to not have our major events rated internationally. Instead, major NSW events will be rated by WordGamers International, an organisation established to cater for countries and organisations not desiring to adopt the expurgated word source.
Scrabble New South Wales has no objection to its affiliated clubs adopting CSW21 for club play, and have no objection to club tournaments being organised to play to CSW21. We do however require that tournament organisers adopting CSW21 for their event stipulate that in their tournament flyer.
Scrabble New South Wales will be revisiting the dictionary issue at its next committee meeting when a fresh vote will be taken. Some support for changing to CSW21 has been noted, and it is hoped to canvas the membership on the issue prior to the committee vote.