- they have unusual letter progressions
- unusual constructions
- they have few vowels (or use "Y's")
- having just a few letters misleads from how the word actually sounds when you have all of the letters
- guessing one or two vowels actually makes it harder to guess the word because of how they're used
The Killer Hangman Word List:
Some Silly Key Memeage
You're a slightly tarnished metal key, and you
unlock the wardrobe. At first glance, you seem
to present only simple, everyday things, but
anyone who looks deeper will find much more.
Just don't expect everyone to believe in you,
and those who don't may not grasp your worth.
What sort of key are you and what do you unlock?
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Now, what in the hell that means I have no idea. I suspect that it is alluding to C.S. Lewis's The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, but I am not certain. Actually, I've never read that book, although I have been tempted upon occasion to pick it up.