Words in Planets

    
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Some time in 2006 I read that it is possible to make 92 other English words from the letters in “Planets.” I immediately started this list.

No rules were given, but I’ve assumed the following:

No plurals – So you can have Ant, but not Ants.

Letters may not be used twice – so you cannot have Tent.

No proper names.

No foreign words, except those that are so widely and commonly used as to be now considered part of the English language.

I also assumed that some of the words are obscure, and that my early list omitted some obvious ones.

Within a short time I came up with 73 words. In December, 2007, I added six words, including such obvious ones as “as,” “an,” and “at.” Having ignored the project for a year seemed to have given me new perspective.

After that I added another dozen words, including the seemingly obvious pen, pelt, pent, plate, asp, spent and span.

Kudos to Clayton Walker who came up with nine words the same day he looked at this page, and inspired me to add platen. Several of his words were "obvious," and two were amazingly obscure. The next day Jennifer came up with nine more, most of them also "obvious." Then she sent four more!

So far no word uses all the letters (i.e., an anagram). “Staple” comes the closest.

We've now passed the magic number of 92, but there's no need to rest on our laurels, so Email us additional words and get credit below.

--Dick Estel, May 2014

 

The Words in Planets

Ale

Alps

An

Ant

Ape

Apse

Apt

As

Asp

Aspen

At

Ate

East

Eat

Élan

Lane

Lap

Last

Late

Lea

Lean

Leap

Leapt

Least

Lent

Lest

Let

Lets

Nap

Nape

Neat

Nest

Net

Pal

Pale

Palet

Pan

Pane

 

Pant

Pants

Past

Paste

Pat

Pate

Paten

Pea

Peal

Peat

Pelt

Pen

Penal

Pent

Pest

Pet

Petal

Plan

Plane

Plant

Plat

Plate

Platen

Plea

Pleat

Sale

Salt

Sane

Sap

Sate

Sea

Seal

Seat

Sent

Set

Slant

Slap

Slat

Slate

Snap

Span

Spat

Spate

Spelt

Spent

Splat

Stale

Staple

Steal

Step

Tale

Tan

Tap

Tape

Tea

Teal

Temp

Ten

 

Contributors to this list include Mikie Liddle, Jennifer Neely and Clayton Walker

(word count is now 96)

 

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Updated July 16, 2017