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Oct 1st, 2009 at 15:55 GMT
I found these words manually in the OED, but discarded any that had no accounted usage past 1900 unless they were found in other dictionaries. No abbreviations or proper nouns. Enjoy!
Oct 1st, 2009 at 18:37 GMT
Scrabble experience has me thinking there are some missing (like "ed"), but I'm not one to contest the OED. The OED does include "abba," an alternate spelling of "aba" which made the list. There must be a programmatic way of generating this list, but perhaps not of verifying with the OED. I agree with your choice of source, though. You can't argue with the OED!
Oct 1st, 2009 at 19:18 GMT
With words like 'abba' I checked around several other dictionaries to verify, and in some of them (my Webster's, for instance) it doesn't appear as a non-proper noun, while 'aba' does. In any case, yeah, I considered Scrabble words but decided the OED was probably a tad more reliable. Also, if anyone finds a way of making this list that doesn't involve manually checking, that'd be really swell!
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 02:05 GMT
Well, if you don't mind changing your source, you could use a tool like Zyzzyva (http://www.zyzzyva.net/) to query the Scrabble OWL. It gives 56 results: AA AB ABA ABACA ABBA ABBE ABED ACCEDE ACCEDED ACE ACED AD ADD ADDED AE BA BAA BAAED BABA BABE BACCA BACCAE BAD BADE BE BEAD BEADED BED BEDDED BEE BEEBEE CAB CABBED CACA CAD CADE CAECA CECA CEDE CEDED CEE DAB DABBED DACE DAD DADA DE DEAD DEB DECADE DEE DEED DEEDED EBB EBBED ED
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 02:50 GMT
While some of those words (mainly caca) aren't in the OED, there's definitely some plurals and the like that I missed. I'll add those, but I'm still sticking with Oxford on this one.
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 13:28 GMT
Glad to help! So... if you're sticking with the OED, how about adding "abba?" :)
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 15:08 GMT
It's the OED as a baseline, and if the latest usage is older than 1900 I check around to see if other dictionaries have it. Abba isn't in many other dictionaries, and if it is then it's a proper noun. So no Abba.
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 17:23 GMT
Understood. Thanks for the clarification!
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 17:59 GMT
sorry for my lack of OED knowledge... but what about ade? (it seems to be a crossword answer all the time)
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 21:47 GMT
As a suffix or acronym, perhaps. I haven't found that in any dictionary as a word on its own.
Oct 6th, 2009 at 21:56 GMT
Is 'cd' not considered a word?
Oct 7th, 2009 at 15:25 GMT
CD is short for Compact Disc. It isn't actually a word.
Oct 10th, 2009 at 01:05 GMT
Good quiz -- only missed ten!
Oct 14th, 2009 at 04:52 GMT
got all but 4 somehow. nice quiz. can't believe you made this list manually!
Oct 15th, 2009 at 01:54 GMT
really fun quiz (since it's possible to work out the answers if we don't know 'em), and I think the time limit is just right; but I am incredulous that one out of eight players gets "abaca"!
Oct 20th, 2009 at 19:30 GMT
A fun quiz! I like the longish time - got 'em with 51 seconds left.
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