In Problem 48 in Your Move (McGraw-Hill, 1971), David Silverman described a linguistic version of tic-tac-toe consisting of a stockpile of the words ARMY, CHAT, FISH, GIRL, HORN, KNIT, SOUP, SWAN and VOTE. Players alternately select words, and the first to collect three words sharing a common letter is the winner.
"Tic-Tac-Toe Played as a Word Game,"
Word Ways: Vol. 43
, Article 32.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol43/iss3/32