Most Played Words in Hanging With Friends

This is a quick post since it’s a busy Saturday at the Hyena House. Wanted to share a cool article I discovered on Venture Beat (business website following the startup crowd) which provides – per Zynga – the most played words on Hanging With Friends… This is a slightly different twist on our quest for hard words for hangman and hard words for hanging with friends (used for our hanging with friends cheat) – it overlays a human element on top of the statistical crunching. This is effectively the union of the set of “hard words” with “high scoring words” and “words people actually know”.

Credit Venturebeat for the link:

Venture Beat  – Most Played Words In Hanging With Friends

The Top Words:

  • Hoax
  • Quad
  • Sexy
  • Zits
  • Quiz

This data is an interesting window on the psyche – what word do you pony up when you have only a minute to do so? Would love to see Zynga open source some of this data eventually – could probably mine some interesting insight about linguistics and practical vocabulary – particularly if they grouped this by user and tracked how long the user took to figure out a word. You could get a good idea of what types of words are in “circulation”….

Nice Reporting guys!

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