Hong Kong rules, OK

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 December, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 December, 1994, 12:00am

Dramatic news from the Scrabble Players Association of Hong Kong (SPAHK) which has taken two decisive steps in its quest to make the rest of the territory sit up, take notice and wonder how many points you can score with the word 'riveting'.

Firstly, and in defiance of the American ban on politically incorrect words, SPAHK has announced it will allow any and all racist, sexist and ethnic slurs, as long as they are in Official Scrabble Words, a book based on the Chambers Dictionary. And as if that weren't provocative enough, the organisation has also thumbed its nose at British rulings by refusing to exclude North American English.

'I studied in Canada,' declares SPAHK vice-president Henry Chiu. 'It's unfair not to allow ABCs (American-born Chinese) and Hong Kongers who studied in the States to use Americanese.' We'll keep you updated on this one.