Sunday, October 12, 2014

First and Last

For each letter A–Z, what is the alphabetically earliest word you can think of? How about the alphabetically latest? Words must have four or more letters.

No peeking at dictionaries! This is a mental exercise. I had fun with it by giving myself a time limit of 10 minutes. Alternatively one could take a perfectionist approach to each letter.

You can use any variety of words you like, but the words I like to work with are the “standard” word game variety: this means we avoid proper nouns, foreign words, slang, contractions, hyphenated words, or acronyms; personally, I also frown on jargon.

I'll post some answers next week. In the meantime, here's a worksheet you can use to record your answers (the letter A is done as an example).

Feel free to put answers in the comments, or post them online by taking a picture of the completed worksheet with your phone and uploading the image to

(Imgur is nice because you don't need to sign in. Just click the "upload images" button.)

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