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Tuesday (4/26/11) 5:00pm - ... wherein Peter memorizes the Words With Friends 3-letter-word list.

I've been playing Words With Friends with a slight advantage lately:  I've managed to pretty much memorize all the three-letter words on its word list.  This is tricky, as there are almost a thousand of them.  To memorize them, I made this file.

The file contains a set of flash cards for use with anki, a free flash-card-review program.  Each flash card contains a letter pair and a nonsense phrase.  Here's an example:

Front of card:  AN
Back of card:  ADEITY (A DEITY)

Basically, the back of the card lists all the letters you can add to "AN-" to make a valid word.  In this case, the only valid words that start with "AN-" are "ANA", "AND", "ANE", "ANI", "ANT", and "ANY".  In the parenthetical, it lists a phrase that you can use to remember that set of letters -- in this case, it arranges alphabetically into "A DEITY".

In many cases, I had to make some tweaks so I could come up with a phrase that at least contained actual words:

Front of card:  DA
Back of card:  BDGHKLMPWY (DAD WILL MAKE HIM BUY A PIG -vowels)

In this case, you start with the phrase ("DAD WILL MAKE HIM BUY A PIG"), remove all the vowels ("DD WLL MK HM BY PG"), and you have the set of consonants that append to "DA-" to make valid words ("DAD", "DAW", "DAL", "DAM", "DAK", "DAH", "DAB", "DAY", "DAP", "DAG").

Some other cases are even more tweak-y:

Front of card:  GA
Back of card:  BDEGLMNPRSTNY (GAY MEN REPEALED BAD LEGISLATION -vowels +e)

So in this case, you start with the phrase ("GAY MEN REPEALED BAD LEGISLATION"), remove all the vowels ("GY MN RPLD BD LGSLTN"), and then add an "E" back in ("GY MN RPLD BD LGSLTNE"), and then you've got all the valid "GA-" words ("GAG", "GAY", "GAM", "GAN", "GAR", "GAP", "GAL", "GAD", "GAB", "GAS", "GAT", "GAE").

A lot of my phrases make no damn sense -- fortunately, anki lets you edit the flash cards to your liking.

In any case, this breaks down the list of roughly a thousand three-letter words to a list of 217 nonsense phrases, and after a while I was able to cram them all in my head.

So, uh... what should I learn next?

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Date:Wednesday (4/27/11) 12:36pm

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