Synonym Word Games

In 1877, Lewis Carroll invented Word Ladder, a popular word game also known as 'Doublets', 'Word Links' or 'Word Golf'.

Like in Synonymy, a player is given a start and end word. In order to win, the player must change the start word into the end word at each turn, creating an existing word at each step. Each step consists of a single letter substitution, below is an example between start and end words "cold" and "warm".

COLD → CORD → CARD → WARD → WARM

In one of my favorite novels, Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov referenced the game calling it "word golf". In it he mentions some of his records for start and end words include: hate—love in three, lass—male in four, and live—dead in five.

 

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