word games

morewords.com wordfinder

morewords.com describes itself as a “word game wordfinder” (e.g. to help you with crossword puzzles, hangman, scrabble, etc.) but I encountered it in an ESL context: I had to come up with sets of words that ended with certain suffixes and my brain was really tired and I just wanted it done FOR me (and I also wanted to make sure that the examples I was using were ideal, rather than words that ended in -ity or whatever but maybe weren’t so common). I imagine that this could be useful for ESL instructors as well as linguistics instructors, English/writing instructors, and so on. Some examples of the kinds of things you can search for there:

Example searches:
check for exact word like “crosswords”: crosswords
three letter word, ending in “r”: –r
six letter word, first two letters “pu”, last letter “e”: pu—e
ten letter word, middle two letters “sw”: —-sw—-
words containing the sequence “sswo” anywhere: *sswo*
words of any length starting with “cross”: cross*
words of any length ending with “zzle”: *zzle
word starts with “a”, ends with “z”: a*z
starts with “b”, “c” somewhere within, ends with “d”: b*c*d
words starting with “ab” that don’t contain an “e” or “o”: ab* ^eo”

Of course it also does stuff specifically helpful for people playing word games, e.g. it shows anagrams, words that can be formed by adding one letter to the start or end of the word, shorter words found within it, etc. (Click here for an example of it being done for said.)

*Note: For select words, it shows frequency information, based on the BNC (British National Corpus), e.g. this is what it looks like for words ending in –ment. However, it doesn’t do it for all words, and I’m not sure how to get it to do it on demand. It’s being worked on.