*   *   *   *
  LOGOLOG
a weblog of wordplay by Eric Harshbarger

Front Hook: B

My favorite front hook for the letter B is another that connects two fairly common words:

B is for Broadside

This example is one letter longer than the ASTEROID example shown yesterday. Generally speaking, the longer the words involved, the better. This probably is just a result of longer examples being less common.

It's quite easy to find short words (3-5 letters) that can be front-hooked. Still focusing on B, for example, BAT, BALL, BRAT, BLOOM, and BIN immediately come to mind.

The longer instances (e.g., BOOZINESS, BRAINSTORM, and BELATEDNESS) are more rare, and thus exciting to find. Much of this excitement may simply be because long words are used less often. Most of the words we use in everyday speaking and writing are between two and seven letters (study this article, for example). Longer words are the exception, so when we stumble upon two such longer words that we are familiar with and share some interesting trait (i.e., front hooking), it's a delight.

Beyond that, however, mathematically speaking, the chance that a random combination of, say, nine letters makes a valid word is much lower than a random combination of four letters.

Thus, the mere existence of longer words amongst all the possible random strings, is a rarer event, and so the chance that one of them would be formed by front hooking a letter to another is also smaller.

Why does BROADSIDE win out over the other (lengthy) examples I give above? I'm really sure; but I had to pick just a single favorite, and it seemed like the right choice. I suspect that the change in pronunciation bolstered BROADSIDE's case a bit (BROAD- sounds different than ROAD-). I'll examine this more in later entires.

-- Eric

[21 August 2014]
   
LOGOLOG


Archive
 Pseudo-palind...1
 Box Office Cu...
 All In A Row
 Redividers
 Chemical Symb...1
 Over 636 Pali...2
 Omino Font
 Front Hook: S
 History of Bo...1
 Front Hook: R
 Well, Moviego...4
 Front Hook: Q
 Front Hook: P
 Front Hook: O
 Front Hook: N1
 Front Hook: M
 Front Hook: L
 Front Hook: K
 Front Hook: J1
 Front Hook: I2
 Front Hook: H4
 Front Hook: G3
 Front Hook: F
 Front Hook: E
 Front Hook: D
 Front Hook: C
 Front Hook: B1
 Front Hook: A
 Multiple Solu...1
 And The Nomin...
 I want a cut ...2
 Stew-word-shi...1
 Scrabble Play...
 The answer is...2
 Pangrams and ...
 Pangrams and ...
 Secret Weapon...
 Colorful Citi...2
 Song, Song, S...2
 Near-Pangramm...2
 Favorite Numb...3
 Periodic Tabl...1
 Body Of Music...
 Filmed In Tec...3
 Cryptic Femal...1
 Colorful Film...1
 Elemental Bod...5
 Ambigrams Rev...1
 Calculated Wo...2
 Teacher Torto...2
 True Story
 Polly-Gone
 Sending My Re...
 A-B-C-D-ary1
 Word Dice3
 That Does It!3
 Lexomino Puzz...
 Morse Code Pa...3
 Bringing Ingo...7
 NIN
 Dot, Dot, Das...2
 Repeated lett...3
 Palindromic P...3
 Palindromic P...
 Sick Pun4
 Typesetting 2...2
 Heterogrammic...5
 Plurals1
 Phoneys1
 What is a "wo...
 Hollywood Nam...
 Front Hooks
 Half Price
 Through The 7...
 W4...1
 ;
 Bourne To Run4
 DVDs2
 V for Very Di...
 Scrabble: Ash...
 Scrabble, red...1
 A=1, B=2, C=32
 4 Sides To Ev...4
 Periodic Tabl...2
 BIVOUAC4
 String of Mov...3
 Where's Winsl...4
 para-palindro...4
 pun
 Standardized ...2
 Unintended Am...1
 Web Too Dah T...1
 Backronym2
 Fishy
 Too clever by...4
 Another wordy...
 Commercialize...1
 Beyond BOOKKE...5
 Not Positive ...11
 Scrabble Tabl...2
 Puzzle1
 Negativity
 Lightning1
 Another Pan-v...1
 Not So Frugal
 Not So Funny ...1
 Memory of GAM...5
 Musical Wordp...
 830
 Funny1
 Chemical Abbr...1
 Movie Rebuses7
 Television Sh...1
 Even More Het...
 More Heterogr...3
 Oooooo...2
 Those crazy H...2
 NFL4
 Wordmonger2
 Alli says, "A...
 A Puzzling St...3
 THE MAD ANAGR...4
 Synonymous Co...1
 CARNELIOUS3
 -und2
 Batteries2
 Names13
 Rubik Font3
 Under A Spell
 State The Rea...2
 7x7 Scrabble ...
 7x7 Scrabble ...
 Scrabble Squa...4
 Tube Maps2
 GAMES Magazin...
 Superbowl: ST...
 Letter Shifti...1
 Projects of L...
 Slices of PI,...
 Slices of PI,...
 Heterogrammic...
 QWERTY vs. Dv...2
 Word Chemistr...
 Heterogrammic...
 Pangrammic Cr...1
 Comments for ...
 Ambigrams
 Alphabet Soup3
 Logo
 Alpha-Pangram...
 Book List
 Scrabble Tile...
 D'oh!
 Letter Shifti...
 Palindromes
 Pangrammic Cr...
 Phobias1
 Pentominoes
 Word Searchin...
 Welcome1

 
*   *
*   *
 
Comments about this article:
BOWLLIKE is also a nice pronunciation change (not to mention two words neither of which one would otherwise be sure were good).

Posted by: J. Goard


 
*   *
*   *
 
Leave a comment on LOGOLOG about the article: Front Hook: B
Your Name:  
Your URL:   

Your comment (HTML tags will be removed):


Day of week today is:   


 
*   *
*   *
 
Copyright © 2005 - 2014, Eric C. Harshbarger
 
*   * *   *