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Last Updated: Tuesday April 06 2010 17:37 GMT

New words allowed in Scrabble!

Scrabble board

Wouldn't it be great to put the word 'Jay-Z' on a triple word score in Scrabble and score a whopping 69 points?!

Well, it won't be long before you can.

For the first time in history, the rules of the word game are being changed to allow the names of people, places and companies.

Games company Mattel will bring out a new version of the game with the changed rules in July. They hope it will get more young people playing.

But the new rules won't be replacing the old ones altogether.

People will be able to buy both versions.

Scrabble was invented in 1938 by American-born architect Alfred Butts.