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#210202 - 04/01/13 08:38 PM Re: - - game for snowed-in winter entertainment [Re: LukeJavan8]
A C Bowden Offline
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Registered: 10/22/10
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Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8
some transformations require a surprising number of steps. Carroll found that 10 were required to turn BLUE into PINK

BLUE can be converted into PINK in 9 steps as follows:

BLUE
BLUR
SLUR
SOUR
SOAR
SOAK
SOCK
SICK
SINK
PINK

If SOUK is allowed as an English word, it can be done in 8 steps.

Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8
and in 1968 wordplay expert Dmitri Borgmann declared himself unable to convert ABOVE into BELOW at all.

Here's ABOVE to BELOW in 24 steps (if you allow the slang PRATS and the archaic BESOW):

ABOVE
ABODE
APODE
EPODE
ERODE
EROSE
ERASE
PRASE
PRATE
PRATS
BRATS
BOATS
BOLTS
BELTS
BELLS
BELLY
BELAY
RELAY
RESAY
RESAT
RESET
BESET
BESOT
BESOW
BELOW

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#210204 - 04/01/13 09:30 PM Re: - - game for snowed-in winter entertainment [Re: A C Bowden]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6699
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
Hey,Hey!!! wink
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----please, draw me a sheep----

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#210758 - 05/05/13 11:51 AM Re: - - game for snowed-in winter entertainment [Re: LukeJavan8]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6699
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
found another one:


Opposites Attract

In 1967 Dmitri Borgmann made his way from UGLY to BEAUTIFUL by means of dictionary definitions:

UGLY — OFFENSIVE
OFFENSIVE — INSULTING
INSULTING — INSOLENT
INSOLENT — PROUD
PROUD — LORDLY
LORDLY — STATELY
STATELY — GRAND
GRAND — GORGEOUS
GORGEOUS — BEAUTIFUL

Kipling called words “the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
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#210763 - 05/05/13 01:07 PM Speaking of the evolution of the meaning of words [Re: LukeJavan8]
wofahulicodoc Offline
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Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 5113
Loc: Worcester, MA

...I'm sure you've all seen this one (it's slightly cleaned up, Suitable for All Audiences)


..............THE PLAN

In the Beginning was the Plan.
And then came the Assumptions.
And the Plan was without Substance, and the Assumptions without Form.

And Darkness was upon the Face of the Workers,
And they spake among themselves saying,
"It is a Crock of Shit and it stinks."

And the Workers went unto their Supervisors and said,
"It is a Pail of Dung and besides that it’s rotten."

And the Supervisors went unto their Managers saying,
"It is a Container of organic Waste such that none may abide it."

And the Managers went unto their Directors, saying,
"It is a Vessel of Fertilizer and it is very strong. "

And the Directors said to their Vice-Presidents,
"It contains that which aids Plant Growth and it is very powerful."

And the Vice Presidents went to the President, saying unto him,
"This new Plan will actively promote the Growth and Vigor of the Company."

And the President went to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and said
"...and we were meticulous about obtaining Input from All Levels!"

And the Chairman of the Board saw that it was Good.

AND THE PLAN WAS IMPLEMENTED.

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