Word Ways


The computer plays an increasingly important role in recreational linguistics. it has already been used for

*rearrangement of the dictionary: grouping together words having the same set of letters (ESCORT, CORSET), words with the same letter pattern (EXCESS, BAMBOO) or words with the same letter in a specified position (hoNey, maNna, wiNds,...)

*dictionary searches for words with certain properties, such as a specific trigram (camoUFLage, genUFLect) or a specific set of four letters (opHtHalmopHtHisis)

*construction of specialized word groups, such as double-six or single-seven word squares, pangram sets, or high-scoring Boggle grids.