A common question has been “which words are in the dictionary?” of the game. Are proper names in there? Well, here’s my take on it and the definitive answer:
The dictionary in War of Words has 172,500 words. It does not contain the following kinds of words:
- Proper names that are also not commonly used words in the English vernacular are not in there. Examples would be: Spain, Erica, Internet, or Arizona. Names like Jack or Joe are in the dictionary (Joe is slang for coffee, for example).
- Almost any word requiring capitalization is not in the dictionary. Examples would be names of the months, or days of the week. I am thinking about adding these however.
- Single letter words (such as I) are not in the dictionary.
- Contractions such as “Shouldn’t” or “can’t” are not in the dictionary because there is no apostrophe playable character.
- Abbreviations for the most part are not in there, however there are some common ones.
- Offensive words are not in the dictionary. These are picked at my discretion. I would like this to remain a G-rated game (as far as language is concerned).
The good news is that when you spell a word, the system will indicate whether it is present or not (with a checkmark or red-X indicating validity). This takes out the guessing as to whether you can confirm that spelling or not.