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Most Words Spelled Using The Letters In "CANCER" In One Tweet

United States Simon Kirk

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New York City, New York, United States / October 4, 2010

Simon Kirk spelled six words using the letters found in the word “cancer” and put them in a single tweet.

The feat was part of a partnership withLIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance[], designed to raise cancer awareness.

- any language permitted, though all words must be same language
- must use Collins Language (SOWPODS) as English dictionary reference
- proper nouns not acceptable
- may only use a letter as many times as it appears in the word (ie. can't turn a single "R" into multiple "R"s

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  • Canada Karen Wilkinson

    Karen Wilkinson

    What does everyone think about using Yahoo's or Google's dictionary? Yahoo is quite simple and straightforward; it uses The American Heritage Dictionary Of The English Language as its source: http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/ Google's advantage is multiple languages, but its sources aren't clear: http://www.google.com/dictionary

  • United States Elisabeth Orr

    Elisabeth Orr

    Wow. Now that's impressive.

    I like Collins Language SOWPODS as long as we are consistent. I'll admit I don't love the no spaces style tweet, but I can live with it. In the interest of raising awareness, I kind of wish we had required a hashtag in the tweet for break cancer or livestrong or whatever. Next time...

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Just checked a bunch of words through Merriam and found that none of the following are acceptable: rec (abbreviation), rance, ren, ancre, carn, crena, cera, ern, erna, nare.

    Do we all feel good about going with Merriam Webster? Another option is the Scrabble dictionary, though we'll decide between SOWPODS and OSPD:

    http://www.hasbro.com/scrabble/en_US/(OSPD)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOWPODS http://www.collinslanguage.com/extras/scrabble.aspx (SOWPODS)

    In the name of international competition, I propose we accept the Collins Language (SOWPODS) as our standard.

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Great dialogue, all. Waldir, the two R restriction comes from the fact that there's only one "R" in "cancer."

    We've had some internal dialogue about the choice of dictionary. Dictionary.com is not the best option. Any disputes re: making Merriam Webster our preferred choice? We'll default to that unless the community disagrees.

    How do we feel about the style of Dinesh's latest tweet (no spaces)? Since the splits between words are made clear through capitalization, I'm comfortable with it.

    Anyone want to start a new category of Most Words Spelled Using The Letters In "LIVESTRONG" In A Single Tweet?

  • United States Waldir Pimenta

    Waldir Pimenta

    Thanks :) But why disqualify "narc"? It fits the rules (appears in http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/narc). Also, the two R restriction is not listed in the criteria :/

  • United States Elisabeth Orr

    Elisabeth Orr

    All the words with two Rs should disqualified actually. Rear, racer, err etc.

  • United States Elisabeth Orr

    Elisabeth Orr

    Nice work. But I think I'm still on top. The word "narc" was disqualified in previous attempts and "err" uses two R twice which isn't allowed.

  • United States Waldir Pimenta

    Waldir Pimenta

    dictionary.com allows some non-English words; perhaps merriam-webster.com would be a better choice.

    Anyway, I just submitted my 32-word take on this. If that fails, I have a backup 31-word using only words accepted in Firefox's dictionary, which is also a perfect tweet (exactly 140 chars).

  • United States Elisabeth Orr

    Elisabeth Orr

    Hmmm. I think narc and rec were disqualified from previous attempts. No matter though, I've got 30 words in the pipeline... ;-)

  • India Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya

    Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya

    Thanks to Dan Rollman

  • India Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya

    Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya

    I am putting some objection toward this record. In Elisabeth Orr’s tweet, word 'acer' is accepted whereas in my tweet it is rejected. In my tweet, I posted 30 words. 19 words where accepted while 10 words rejected. Then what about remaining 1 word? In my rejected 10 words, 5 words definitely have sense

  • United States Elisabeth Orr

    Elisabeth Orr

    woot!

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Brian - noted. We reduced Elisabeth's count from 10 to 9.

  • United States Brian Pankey

    Brian Pankey

    acne - Dan go for it

  • United States Brian Pankey

    Brian Pankey

    I just did 15

  • United States Elisabeth Orr

    Elisabeth Orr

    18 words coming up. i want this record, yo.

  • United States Brian Pankey

    Brian Pankey

    near was used twice. I did 12 earlier in my pending file waiting to be verifed.

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