Sunday Wordplay

If you’re a touch-typist, you’ve probably typed a word without realizing that you had placed your hand in the wrong position. As it turns out, sometimes this can yield a different existing word:


If your left hand is one key to the right:

  • sofa → dogs
  • sissy → diddy (No one tell P. Diddy, okay?)
  • set → dry
  • duet → fury
  • does → ford
  • dibs → find (“I found it! Dibs!”)
  • boat → nosy
  • art → sty (ever seen an artist’s studio?)
  • veiny → briny
  • sob → don
  • row → toe
  • rot → toy
  • rob → ton
  • rib → tin
  • purr → putt (cats playing mini-golf?)
  • pet → pry
  • odd → off
  • loft → logy
  • good → hoof
  • fur → gut
  • four → gout
  • for → got
  • food → goof
  • fold → golf
  • fib → gin (the exception to “in vino veritas”)
  • ego → rho
  • due → fur
  • dub → fun
  • dow → foe
  • door → foot (door, foot, cast…)
  • doe → for
  • bowl → noel
  • boob → noon
  • apt → spy
  • air → sit
  • won → eon
  • tummy → yummy (now we know where Ohio Express got their inspiration)
  • sunk → dunk
  • sump → dump
  • rook → took (clearly a chess pair)
  • roll → toll
  • punt → puny
  • pour → pout
  • lilt → lily
  • gunk → hunk
  • gum → hum
  • gull → hull (no, gulls are usually on deck, not on the hull)
  • golly → holly
  • funk → gunk
  • fun → gun
  • full → gull
  • dunk → funk
  • bull → null (which is why you shouldn’t dereference a bull pointer)
  • book → nook
  • akin → skin

And if you shift your right hand one position to the left, you get:

  • yule → tyke
  • stimy → stunt
  • roll → rikk (you’ve been rikk-rolled!)
  • mile → nuke
  • manner → nabber
  • joy → hit
  • him → gun
  • grimy → grunt
  • Jakob → hajib
  • yore → tire (ah, the tires of yore!)
  • yap → tao
  • yale → take (have you seen how much tuition costs these days?)
  • toy → tit
  • tine → tube
  • time → tune (in music, it’s important to keep time)
  • spry → sort
  • soy → sit
  • son → sib (a family pair)
  • some → sine
  • slot → skit
  • slayer → skater (skating is not a crime!)
  • sin → sub (what about doms, though?)
  • rim → run
  • pit → out
  • pay → oat
  • pal → oak
  • note → bite
  • nod → bid
  • Neal → Beak
  • nay → bat
  • name → bane
  • midge → nudge
  • man → nab
  • lot → kit
  • loss → kiss
  • kite → jute (nylon kites work better than jute kites, though)
  • jot → hit
  • jig → hug
  • hover → giver
  • hot → git (good-looking jerk)
  • hog → gig
  • hitter → gutter
  • heel → geek
  • harmer → garner
  • grin → grub
  • dome → dine
  • dole → dike
  • dip → duo
  • din → dub
  • dime → dune
  • deny → debt
  • boy → bit
  • BaliBaku (gee, my vacation didn’t really go as planned)
  • anode → abide
  • anise → abuse
  • Tina → Tuba
  • wary → wart
  • warm → warn
  • trust → tryst
  • tale → take
  • sway → swat
  • swan → swab
  • stiff → stuff
  • steal → steak
  • stayed → stated
  • stale → stake
  • spar → soar
  • sore → sire
  • soft → sift
  • slate → skate
  • sire → sure
  • scan → scab
  • scam → scan
  • sale → sake (Japanese liquor 20% off!)
  • rote → rite (yes, rituals are usually memorized)
  • ride → rude
  • reel → reek (a real stinker of a movie)
  • ray → rat
  • orate → irate (an angry speaker)
  • nest → best
  • leg → keg
  • hear → gear
  • have → gave
  • fox → fix
  • excise → excuse
  • easy → east
  • dog → dig
  • diet → duet
  • dent → debt
  • decode → decide
  • debit → debut
  • coder → cider (are programmers fond of apples?)
  • bray → brat
  • bitter → butter
  • bigger → bugger
  • Faeroe → faerie (is that were the magical creatures live?)
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