Category Archives: Word games

Word games to play away from technology

A word frequency game

Can you guess how frequently any random word is used? Find out by playing this game. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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A puzzle for cold weather

We’ve had a lot of grey days recently, and the ice storms in the States suggest that things are not going to improve for a while. So here is a nice straightforward idea to take your mind off what is … Continue reading

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Word games – Homophones

Objective: Guess a pair of words that sound the same but mean something different. Play: One person thinks of a pair of homophones, and then puts them into a sentence. That player then thinks of a completely unrelated word & … Continue reading

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Word games – I love my love

This goes back to at least the time of Samuel Pepys. Work through the alphabet from a random point, filling in the blanks: I love my love with a (letter) because she is _____ I hate her with a (letter) because … Continue reading

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Russian spelling

This is more of a discussion point than a game. To British eyes, Eastern European languages have some very strange spellings: lots of z for example. But some English words, although they are shorter, have very bizarre spellings.  The idea … Continue reading

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The wandering adverb

This one isn’t a competitive game, but it can be very good fun if you are in the right mood. Make up a sentence. Pick an adverb. Start with the adverb at the beginning of the sentence, and gradually move … Continue reading

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Word games – Hangman

Objective: Guess the word. Set up: You need to be able to write on something that can be seen by everyone. It can be anything from a piece of paper (or tablet) for two players to a blackboard  so the … Continue reading

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Word games – Guggenheim

You all need paper & a writing iron of some sort. Objective: Fill the grid with words. Set up: One player chooses a word 5 or 6 letters long, which everyone writes across the top of the page so the … Continue reading

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Word games – Matching Letters

Objective: Guess your opponent’s word. Set up: Both write down a 6 letter word. Play:  Take it in turns to say another 6 letter word, which is marked according to how many letters are in exactly the same place in the target … Continue reading

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Word games – Last is First

Pick a category & a letter. The first person says something in that category beginning with that letter. The second says something in the category beginning with the last letter of the word chosen by the previous player. Take turns, … Continue reading

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