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Old 04-24-2017, 01:31 AM
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The classification of words as common, wide, rare & ultra-rare determines how the words are scored, of course. (Someone else can go into more detail there). This classification seems kind of random though. They must have an algorithm, but hell if I can tell what it does. Some decisions seem kind of obvious, or at least understandable in hindsight. When it comes to some of the examples listed above, it gets murkier. Sometimes adding an S (or ES) or a prefix can knock it up a level or two. Sometimes it works the other way, making it more common. I'd be interested in anything anyone's figured out there.
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Old 04-24-2017, 06:42 AM
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They cross reference the SOWPODS dictionary with word frequency lists. Word frequency lists tell you how often the word is spoken, appear in fiction, newspapers, magazines, or academia. They then use a statistical algorithm to determine a frequncy rank for each word.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:10 AM
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Uttering is common so it scores 7 points. Utterings is ultrarare because of its rate of ussage.
Usually, an -ING ending word is very common, but if you try to add an S to it, its usage drops significantly, and most of either archaic or very rarely used. There's only a few -INGS ending words that I know as commonly used: LISTINGS, PARTINGS, PAIRINGS, AIRINGS (as it related to television show airings), SHOOTINGS, KILLINGS, MAIMINGS, etc.
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Why is "mintings" not a word. Denver had seven nickel mintings this year.
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:20 AM
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AVERAGER is worth 14 points
AVERAGERS is worth 8 points
I've complained a time or two about how dropping an -S or an -ES can really drop the rareness level for a word. As bigbells notes above, that can go the other way. I just got PARABOLIZATIONS for 21 points, then (to my surprise) PARABOLIZATION for 29 points. Has anyone here ever come up with a rule, or even a wild guess, for how that works?
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MADDENINGNESS (24 pts)
MADDENINGNESSES (18 pts)

I can't believe that MADDENINGNESSES is more commonly used than MADDENINGNESS ... except perhaps in games like Wordtwist.
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CRIMINATION 20 (ultra rare)
DISCRIMINATION 13 (common)

makes sense ... but then the plurals are both considered ultra rare:

CRIMINATIONS 22
DISCRIMINATIONS 28

so at first it seems weird but I can see the reasoning ...
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Another case where the plural scores less than the singular:

LEAFLESSNESS 22 (ultra rare)
LEAFLESSNESSES 16 (wide)
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BIPOLARISATION (26 pts.) beats its plural form which is only worth 18 points. (Sorry, lalatan!)
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No problem, kate. At least I kept the longest word record. If I find what I feel is the longest word on a board, I usually play just that to keep my avg up. You are often punished if you drop the -s. In this case I thought the plural would be less commonly used than the singular but was wrong. I also played the same word only on a different board so the best word is up for grabs there too.

Just yesterday I played REPRODUCIBILITY for 18 pts. I thought it was a little too common so I also played PRODUCIBILITY. 24 pts Win some, lose some.
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