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PostSubject: Word Nerd   August 7th 2008, 10:54 pm

I must admit, I am a terrible word nerd. I like learning new words, finding uses for uncommon words in poetry, introducing new words, and reading new words...

Building your vocabulary helps you get out of the rut of using the same old words in your poetry. New word knowledge can enhance your poetry and really challenge you in the writing of poetry!

Here is how this exercise works:

1) A word is given
2) The next person tries to make as many words using any amount of letters of the posted word (you don't have to use all the letters) as s/he can.
3) Then that person leaves a new word.

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Posted word: Draughts
Created words:
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dat
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guard
gush
gut
hag
had

*I think you get the point

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   August 8th 2008, 12:57 am

Mackintosh

Mac, in, it, shot, shit, kit, nosh, at, mat, mot, mist, cast, mast, thin, tin, cat, tans, nit, oat, mint, tint, ant, ants, as, no, hot, hots, hint, hat, mast, not

Next word: Mausoleum

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   August 18th 2008, 8:43 pm

Mausoleum

Mole, mouse, lame, sole, me, male, males, some, mom, moms, om, oms, use, muse,

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PostSubject: Word Nerd   August 21st 2008, 4:26 pm

Troublesome

trouble
troubles
lore
elms
elm
rebels
rebel
routes
route
sot
rots
rot
buts
but
slut
bur
burs
some
most
lest
resume
must
muse
muster
rust
bums
bum
lumber
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belts
belt
lets
let
mobs
mob
sob
somber
bore
bores
melt
melts
stem
meets
meet
bets
bet
belts
belt
blooms
bloom
looms
loom
moles
mole
sole
lobs
lob
slob
bolts
bolt
lots
lot
slot
lobes
lobe
morose
more
rose

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   August 29th 2008, 4:08 pm

Discombobulated - dot, dote, comb, cool, coot, cod, mob, mole, mote, mute, sob, bob, dibs, dis, mule, mud, sud, sub, cum, cums, scum, scud, om, bomb, let, led, lead, sat, is, it, mile, bile, side, told, old, some, mites, mite, smite, dime, dimes, slide, combos, combs, bit, bits, molds, mold, scold, colds, cold, sold, code, codes, lobe, lobes,

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 6th 2008, 1:56 am

Treason - tea, as, an, on, son, no, not, rose, rat, tar, tone, ton, eat, treas, net, nert, rest, rent, nor, tor,

Extravaganza

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 15th 2008, 6:40 pm

Extravaganza - Extra, tea, van, ave, gave, rave, grave, vat, vane, gaze, age, rage, range

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 15th 2008, 6:51 pm

Reservations - rest, set, sets, ten, tens, tire, tires, not, note, notes, vet, vets, rent, in, ins, sin, sins, siren, sire, sir, net, nets, nest, nests, save, saves, river, rivers, son, sons, van, vans, serve, serves, rate, rates, star, stars, rave, raves, sat

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 15th 2008, 7:17 pm

Hyperactive - Hyper, active, pert, hype, type, act, hi, hip, hit, hate, ate, ave, pave, pray, ray, hay, crave, rave, pit, pate, eat, heat, yet, yip, tip, pirate, rate, trap, rape, crape, pet, cave, typer, crypt, crept, per, pert, vet, yip, yet, yap

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 15th 2008, 7:41 pm

Academics-made,ade,cad,ace,mace,dice,ice,dam,mice,came,sad,mad,cam,mac,sac, mid


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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 15th 2008, 7:48 pm

Middleweight - Middle, weight, eight, diet, die, glide, wide, idle, dim, dime, lime, wig, lit, lite, hit, wit, twiddle, light, might, height, mid, mile, get, git, time, tile, the, thew, dew, died, lied, lie,

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 15th 2008, 8:08 pm

Overstuffed-stuff,stuffed,over,dove.doves,ov, ruff,rode,ode,rod,doe,do,roe,so,sod,fore,foe,ore,ores,stove,duff,tuff,



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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 15th 2008, 8:22 pm

Butternut - Butter, nut, utter, rut, turn, but, butt, tun, burn, burnt, bun, tut, brute, brunet, net, tub, tube, nub, turn, turner,

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 15th 2008, 9:14 pm

coffeepot-coffee,pot,poet,tee,pee,cop,top,ope,foe,cope,to,too,toe,off,feet,poe.



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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 16th 2008, 5:42 pm

Extraordinary - extra, ordinary, exit, order, in, it, at, an, on, art, ride, rid, nor, rat, diner, dino, rode, rod, road, trade, ran, nite, rite, rant, rain, rained, eat, no, not,

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   September 17th 2008, 3:16 am

Antidisestablishmentarianism - Anti, dish, mental, metal, metals, tide, tides, slide, slider, sliders, dime, dimes, limes, lime, nine, nines, time, times, slime, mime, mimes, tan, tin, tans, tins, tear, tears, steers, steer, trim, trims, rim, rims, drain, drains, rain, rains, establish, table, tables, dish, dishes, men, man, sin, sins, tab, tabs, list, lists, it, in, is, an, and, ant, set, sets, sit, sits, his, hat, hats, shit, shits, hit, hits, dis, miss, nit, nits, ants, stab, stabs, mad, matter, matters, rash, rashes, ass, mass, asses, masses, tar, miss, star, stars, bar, bars, tires, tire, dire, side, sides, arm, arms, harm, barns, barn, lent, lint, lit, slit, slits, bit, bits, rain, rains, trains, train, earn, earns, learn, learns, learner, learned, line, lines, side, sider, sided, sides, die, dies, died, deal, deals, steal, steals, teal, teals, eels, eel, ill, ills, mill, mills, till, tills, dill, tiles, tile, tie, ties, title, titles, titled, entitle, entitled, entitles, lets, let, sled, sleds, led, lead, leads, read, red, reads, reals, real, sash, sashes, ash, ashes, lashes, lash, has, bite, bites, mitten, mittens, lab, labs, mess, messes, mesh, meshes, able, ables, stables, stable,

(OMG! Are you crazy? I could have gotten a lot of words from that incredibly long word. You'll pay for that one!)

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   October 12th 2008, 12:10 am

Protection - pro, it, on, tin, rot, rice, pot, port, tort, nor, tot, not, ton, in, tit, tie, rite, tire, tone, crone, one,

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   October 12th 2008, 12:34 am

Mythology - Gloomy, Holy, Thymy, Gym, Holt, Logo, Myth, Log, Moth, My, Go, Goth.

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   October 20th 2008, 10:31 pm

Monocracy ~ moon, coon, car, ram, yarn, can, ran, man, cry, arc, cram, ray, may, cray, coma

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PostSubject: Re: Word Nerd   November 20th 2008, 2:41 am

Comfortable - Comfort, table, come, fort, fart, bot, for, more, tore, left, able, cat, fat, let, late, fate, ate, ear, eat, tear, fear, boo, fool, tool, cool, more, core, after, cab, cable, beat, foot, loot, root, moot, om, comb, tomb...

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