Unscrambling words is a passion for most of us reading this post. Some words are easier to unscramble. You have been using them regularly in your vocabulary. As soon as you see a scrambled word, a thought bubble with a bulb instantly lights up in your mind. When you read ARTY, you can easily come up with TRAY.
However, when you have to work with words like EKROJ and ROUMH and your mind suddenly stops working. Even though they are very common words, you may have to think twice (or thrice) to come to the right conclusion. The correct answers are JOKER and HUMOUR.
Now, unscramble a word like YRALCVIONAT. If you do not use the world CLAIRVOYANT regularly, it is highly likely that you kept scratching your head to find the right answer. Don’t worry. Such challenges will only make your stronger in unscrambling words.
However, it is always good to receive some help. This is why we will be discussing some tips and tricks to help you in unscrambling words faster. Are you ready? Here we go.
1. Improve your vocabulary
This is a no-brainer. The smaller your vocabulary, the harder time you will have in unscrambling words. Of course, some basic words are easy to unscramble but as you advance, you could have a hard time figuring out the right words.
A dictionary should become your best friend in understanding the use of different words. This will help you in enhancing your vocabulary and build a stronger grip on your language. The more you do this, the better your prospect of finding out words quickly.
Does this mean you have to mug up words from the dictionary every day? No. Instead, you will be better off reading various journals, newspapers, magazines and even online articles. Such reading helps you in getting familiar with words.
The more familiarity with a word, the easier it will be to unscramble it. The less familiar the word, the harder it will be to put together.
2. Not sure how this works?
Take two words- RWODS and LLABYSLE
Which of the two words was easier to guess? Was it WORDS or SYLLABLES?
In common use, the term ‘syllable’ is used less commonly as compared to ‘words.’
This shows that familiarity with a large number of words will always help while unscrambling words.
Look for prefixes and suffixes
One of the easiest ways to guess words in Scrabble game is to look for prefixes and suffixes. Some common English prefixes can easily help you in finding words. The same goes for suffixes. If you find out these prefixes and suffixes, it will be easy to find out the word.
Here Are Some Prefixes To Look For:
Anti-, an-, hexa-, trans-, auto-, dis-, up-, semi-, self-, epi-, dys-, per-, mid-, micro-, inter-, in-, bi-, tri-, post-, pre-, octo-, non- and sub-.
Words like ANTICLIMAX, ANAGRAM, HEXAGON, TRANSGENDER, AUTOMOTIVE, DISTINCT, UPPER, SEMICONDUCTOR, SELFEMPLOYED, EPICENTER, DYSFUNCTIONAL, PERGORATIVE, MIDSECTION, MICROFIBER, INTERIM, INTUITION, BIFOCAL, TRIPLICATE, POSTNATAL, PREAMBLE, OCTOGENARIAN, NONFICTION and SUBSCRIBE can be formed with these prefixes. If you identify the presence of a prefix in a scrambled word, it will be very easy to find the sequence of the rest of the letters.
You can also move the other way round and find a suffix first. The most common suffix is ‘s’. However, that doesn’t help much in longer words. In this case, the following suffixes could help you.
-en, -ism, -ation, -hood, -cian, -ary, -able, -ism, -ness, -ly, -al, -ful, -ate and -ment.
These suffixes can be used in words like TAKEN, PLURALISM, NATION, BROTHERHOOD, PARTICIAN, AVIARY, SCALABLE, PRISM, CLEANLINESS, POLITICALLY, POLITICAL, BEAUTIFUL, ESCALATE and REFINEMENT.
3. Work On The Vowels
The English language has only 5 vowels and 21 consonants. If you can segregate the vowels of the word and find the correct sequence, it will be easy to guess the scrambled words. So why are vowels so useful? Every syllable in the word will contain at least one vowel. Therefore, finding the correct placement of vowels in the world will do the trick for you. Apart from A, E, I, O and U, you should be keeping an eye on Y as well.
The placement of vowels remains very consistent in the English language. For example, it is very common to find a consonant, followed by a vowel, followed by a consonant and another vowel. Take the example of the word TAKEN. Here we see the consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-consonant pattern. Ideally, when you are working with small words, you can always use this trick to form a word.
With longer words, you will have to look for pairs. In such cases, a pair of consonants can be followed by a vowel. Take the example of the word BROTHER. Here you see consonant pair-vowel-consonant pair-vowel. For even longer words, there could be a consonant-consonant pair-vowel and so on. There could also be consonant pair-consonant pair-vowel patterns in these words. Even if you get half of the word figured out, the rest will be very easy to guess.
4. Common Double Duty Words
You will come across many words that can be used in two ways. The most common amongst these is S. It can be used within a syllable, doubled within the syllable, used as a suffix/simply be used to denote a plural. The letter S can be very problematic for people trying to unscramble words. If you hit it right on the first go, it will be good. Otherwise, you will end up confused.
VE is another consonant pair that can often confuse you. It can be used as VE in SAVE but as EV in FOREVER. However, the most common problem with consonant pair arrives with IE/EI and OU/UO. However, if you find these pairs of words and your vocabulary is strong, you can easily use them both ways with the rest of the syllables and quickly unscramble the word.
A Secret Trick:
The best way to make these words work is to find a vowel and quickly place it with the first two consonants or common consonant groups in the word. In a 7-letter word, figuring out three letters like this will unscramble the entire word.
Take this example. RENEES. It has three consonants and three vowels. Just place one vowel with each consonant, and you have the word ready.
Step 1 will be- RE- NE-SE
Now jumble the words up till they make sense. RE-NE-SE does not make sense, but if you bring SE to the front, you have a new word. SE-RE-NE, i.e. SERENE.
Let’s take another example. The scrambled word is NETVCIRLE.
Here too, we can use all the tricks we mentioned above. First, find out a common prefix or suffix in the letters.
We have a prefix ‘TRI’ and a suffix ‘LE.’
Step 2 will be TRI- NEVC-LE.
If you see the middle scrambled word, you will find two possible scenarios of commonly used words. The first is NEV as in NEVER and second is VEN as in VENERABLE.
Let’s use both options.
TRI-NEV-C-LE. TRINEVCRLE is a bogus word.
Now we use the second option TRI-VEN-C-LE. This is not a credible word either but does it sound familiar?
How about changing the sequence of the pairs? Let’s switch the first two pairs TRI and VEN.
The word is now clear- VENTRICLE.
With a better vocabulary, you will be able to do this entire process within seconds.
Try unscrambling a few words with these techniques and let us know if they helped you become better at Scrabble.