Our English lexicon just got better… a whole lot better… thanks to all of you!

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:

  3 4 5 6 7
1. ATE ATES EATER ENATES ARENITE
2. ETA SETA SETAE NEATER ENTREAT
3. TEA RATE EATEN SENATE THEREAT
4. EAT TEAR ENATE RETAIN RETAINS
5. TAE TARE NEATS ENTERA REDATES
6. SET TEAS TEASE EASTER RETASTE
7. RET EATS NATES SEATER RETINAE
8. ARE ETAS STANE TEARED RESTATE
9. EAR SATE TREAT SATEEN STAINER
10. ERA SEAT STARE TREATS ITERATE
11. TEN NEAT RATES RENTES HEARTEN
12. NET EAST ANTES DERATE THEATER
13. SEA ANTE ORATE REDATE ENTIRES
14. SAE RETS ESTER ELATES RELATES
15. RAT NETS ASTER RATINE TREATED
16. TAR ETNA TEATS ATONES STEALER
17. ANE NEST IRATE TESTAE STEARIN
18. NAE SENT STEER RETINA NEATEST
19. SEN REST STENO TINEAS RETINAS
20. TAS TENS SENTE SEATED DERATES

And now, how does this compare to what you find?

Top 20 words found in Wordament, by word length:

  3 4 5 6 7
1. RAT RATE RATES STARED TRAINED
2. TEN TEAR TONES STONED STAINER
3. TEA LATE DATES STONES STAINED
4. SET DATE LATER STONER STANDER
5. SAT SEAT STONE STORED STARTED
6. TAN TARE NOTES STORES TOASTER
7. TAR TONE STORE HEATER SHOOTER
8. NET SENT HATER THERES STARTER
9. TIN RENT RATED RENTED CHEATER
10. ATE TORE RENTS SLATED CHEATED
11. TEE REST STARE TEARED QUARTER
12. TOE TENS TINES HEATED TOASTED
13. EAT RATS THERE TREATS QUESTER
14. ROT TOES MATES RESTED HOOTERS
15. RED HATE HATES SEATED HEARTED
16. TON TEES TALES LASTED TAINTED
17. LET HEAT TIRES QUOTES STEAMER
18. NOT TEAS DATER STATER STEAMED
19. SIT TIRE HEATS SLATER QUESTED
20. SEE TALE TEENS RAINED TRAINER

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.

“Black Snapper”

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One Response to Our English lexicon just got better… a whole lot better… thanks to all of you!

  1. Preppy says:

    This is my favorite article on the site. I hope that in the future in your “copious” spare time you write another article or two along these lines. Most commonly guessed bogus words, for example, and perhaps which suffixes/prefixes are most commonly looked over. =]

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