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There were a couple of word games that the participants on the Business Objects board (BOBJ) would play that were entertaining.

One was "How Many Words" where you try to find words inside another word...their current word is TRANSMOGRIFICATION with 361 words so far!

The other one, which might be easier to play while on the road, was a letter game where you started with one word, and the next person had to modify the word by adding one new letter, removing one letter, or changing one letter (and only ONE letter!). There was a limit on how short or long the resulting word could be (IIRC, 3-6 characters), and you could only use "real English" words that weren't coloquialisms or purely regional (that caused some debate sometimes!), and no proper names. No duplicates. There were probably other rules that I can't remember, but it was challenging. The game ended when there weren't any other possible variations. A later variation was to see how many words you could get, then loop back around to the original word without duplicating a previous posting.
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Playing word games with your children prepares them for working in the office where they will have to go to meetings, write status reports, and prepare documentation for people who are not technical. Not that they would play word games with their management or users, but that they would be able to speak in terms that anyone might understand.:-)

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We used to play one while traveling. We called it the geography game. Here is how it works. The first person will say the name of a location. This can be any physical location (state, country, river, ocean, planet, galaxy, whatever). The next person has to come up with a location whose first letter is the same as the last letter of the last word and can't have been used before.

So a few turns could look like:
Moon
Nantucket
Turkey
Yemen
Nebraska
Adirondack

Starts our very easy but gets extremely challenging after some time. We did this once on a road trip and continued the game among four of us (all adults) for the entire road trip, about a week or more. It gets hilarious when it is one person's turn for hours and then our of nowhere they just scream the next word.

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