A Charade Word is a word that may be divided into two or more words: CHARADE = CHAR + ADE. As the game is ordinarily played, one should choose words having component parts that when said together sound more or less like the whole word; otherwise, one may run into difficulties: BEAU TIES sounds like BOW TIES rather than the desired BEAUTIES. For an article such as this, however, where sight is more important than sound, we are not so restricted.
Beaman, Ralph G.
"Big Amy on Wee Knights,"
Word Ways: Vol. 8
, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol8/iss1/12