An interesting dictionary & questions.

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  1. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Marin Gardner used to author an interesting column in Scientific American.

    He once asked readers to consider a special type of dictionary. Computers at that time were neither as fast nor as sophisticated as modern ones.

    His proposed dictionary would list words alphabetized in a different fashion, best indicated by example rather than description.

    Dare, dear, & read would be listed under ader.​

    He asked readers to consider various questions.

    Act is already in alphabetical order: What is the longest such word?

    What entry (if any) would have the most words listed? See above: Ader which has three.

    What is the first word in the B section? Similarly for the C section.

    Note that bubble comes after bubbled in this dictionary.​

    What is the last word in this dictionary?

    I guessed sty. A friend suggested Tutu. Does anyone here know of a word after tutu?​

    There might have been other interesting questions.

    For quite a few decades, computerized dictionaries have been available & such questions could be answered.

    While I do a lot of programming for fun, I do not want to take the time to do the above job.

     
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  5. The God Valued Senior Member

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    TV.
    TV should be expected as complete meaningful word instead of short form of Television.
     
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  7. The God Valued Senior Member

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    Let me try abracadabra...

    Aaaaabbcdrr.

    Well what do you make out of it.
     
  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Guess I'm not sure of the rules.

    Tutu is not in alphabetical order. A t follows the u.
     
  9. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member

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    In not sure Humpty Dumpty would approve of such a dictionary

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  10. Baldeee Valued Senior Member

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    The word doesn't need to be in alphabetical order, I think, but the entry for it in the dictionary would be.
    So tutu would come under the entry ttuu.

    My guess for last entry would be uuyz, for the word yuzu - a Japanese citrus fruit.


    For the longest word in alphabetical order: chimps, abhors, begins, almost...
    All 6 letters.
    There may be more of 6, but can't think of any longer.


    1st B word... I can only think of BOBBLED - so BBBDELO.
    1st C word... I was thinking it may be COCCYX (your tailbone) but in trying to find out how it is spelt I came across COCCIC.
    So this would be under the entry CCCCIO


    For entry with most words, I thought it might be AEPRS: Parse, pears, spear, spare, rapes, pares, reaps.
     
  11. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

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