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 professional level, our game should be played with a pure lexicon, free from interference from corporate organisations. As a result of this decision we do not align with WESPA, who now refuse to rate tournaments unless they are played to the expurgated lexicon. Instead we endorse WordGamers International who will rate all major events played with an unexpurgated word source, and who have stated they will develop an alternative player lexicon in consultation with supporting organisations and players.
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 the 2022 Annual General Meeting in October when players will be given the opportunity to state their personal preference.