Eight word lists to help you creating the perfect word game

Yesterday I blogged about the World Play Flash Game Contest, and the word list provided by Dictionary.com.

Suddenly a reader said this word list is not that useful because contains words like “german nazi”, “motherfucker”, and so on.

I’ve just killed a zombie in Resident Evil 5 swearing at his mother, but both me and RE5 are rated 18+ while a flash game should be suitable for everyone.

But the biggest problem is the list does not contain only words… it contains sentences like “german nazi” that could be very difficult to guess.

Samuel Toth helped us cleaning the list and releasing it at this link, but just in case you are looking for another word list I am showing you some useful links:

1 – http://www.scrapingweb.com/databases/words-database.html
A database of over 180,000 English dictionary words available in various formats for sale at $29.95

2 – ftp://ftp.ox.ac.uk/pub/wordlists/dictionaries (then open Unabr.dict.gz)
A list of 213,557 english words in a text file

3 – http://www.gotnet.biz/Blog/post/English-Words-Database-from-11-Sources.aspx
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database with english words also available in csv. 320,888 words

4 – http://en-gb.pyxidium.co.uk/dictionary/OOo.php (then open en-GB-wlist.zip)
127,238 english words in a text file

5 – http://www.puzzlers.org/pub/wordlists/enable1.txt
Scrabble dictionary with 172,823 entries

6 – http://www.outpost9.com/files/WordLists.html
Various word lists for theme-based games such as family names and Dos refrence words, for absolute geeks!!

7- http://www.esclub.gr/wordoxdictionary.html
Html word list grouped by word length

8 – http://www.morewords.com/wordsbylength/
Another html word list grouped by word length and initial

Hope this will help you in the creation of the perfect dictionary. If you know more or have a link to a localized dictionary, just post it in the comments.

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