Back in late May we decided to start a tally of every word ever found, in any completed game of Wordament. It’s been a couple of months, and during that time, we all found over 150 million words! And you know what? Together, we just crowd-sourced an even better lexicon (a lexicon is a fancy for for “word list” – in this case, the master Wordament word list).
Tonight, our new lexicon went into production. The main thing this helped was to further clean-up and differentiate our common word list from our obscure word list. We have a pretty good idea of what’s common now—based on what we are all finding. The interesting thing is: we all seem to find a lot of short, very obscure words (like TAE)! And, while we are leaving them as obscure, I think it’s fascinating to learn the words we all find the most. And, because we love sharing what we learn, I’d like to tell you what we’ve found.
First, what are the words have we offered the most, game-over-game? Remember: no two Wordament puzzles are ever the same, but there’s still a lot of words that appear over and over. Here’s the list:
Top 20 words offered by Wordament, by word length:
And now, how does this compare to what you find?
Top 20 words found in Wordament, by word length:
Words that are bold and italic are common to both lists. The interesting thing for me, here, is the amount of difference between these lists. There are 150 words shown in the “most offered” list, and yet only 22 of those (14.6%) are being found regularly. Now, granted, some of these words are quite obscure, but… if I wanted to maximize my score, these are the words I’d be on the lookout for.
Anyway, enough word geeking for now! Thanks for helping us clean up our lexicon. We hope you find that our English puzzles just got even better and more fun, and that they now offer even more words and letter varieties.