Dolly Parton is lending one of her famous “Dollyisms” to a popular mobile game, as the country legend joins the fun of Words With Friends.
Based on the classic Scrabble board game, Words With Friends finds players using a set of random letters to try to spell out words for points, and Parton was asked to add a new word to the official dictionary. She’s now part of the game’s ongoing Word of the Day promotion, and her word is “songteller” — which Parton coined years ago to describe her life’s work, and is now also the title of her upcoming lyric book.
“I’m actually not sure that ‘songteller’ is a real word,” she admits in a video about the news, “but I know my songs and stories are certainly real.”
“Dolly Parton is more than a musician. She is a source of inspiration, joy and comfort for people around the world, of all ages, and from every walk of life,” said Bernard Kim, President of Publishing for Zynga — makers of the Words With Friends game and many others. “While there is no one phrase that can define this one-of-a-kind icon, we’re honored to add Dolly’s own word, Songteller, to our dictionary to celebrate her illustrious, distinctive life.”
The game has previously added words chosen by public figures like alternative musician, Alanis Morissette. Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics comes out November 17, and her Christmas On The Square holiday musical hits Netflix November 22.