If a word has a certain property, I call it a Halved Word™.

In each of the short, unrelated sentences below, only one of the choices is a Halved Word™.

The sentences do not affect whether a word is a Halved Word™. Case, font, and letter/word appearance do not matter.

  1. This (scene / segment) is about declination due to aging.
  2. Deputy Lee's face was (agrin / smirky) as he brought people before the court.
  3. His (horse / stallion) watched the man who gave him new shoes.
  4. The detailed (icons / thumbnails) expressed much information in a tiny space.
  5. My gastroenterologist's beer (mug / stein) is shaped like human entrails.
  6. It's a device to detect tiny earthquakes for the (metro / subway) system.
  7. The child snitched on his brother while his mom drank a (cappuccino / latte).
  8. The (anchor / host) interviewed highly successful, aggressive people.
  9. He would come back later to try the (fig / pear) flavored vodka.
  10. (Four / Three) women in highly decorated dresses get in the line.

What makes a word a Halved Word™?

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1 Answer 1


A Halved Word™ is a word that,

when doubled and then anagrammed, produces another English word. As f'' pointed out, each sentence contains a reference to the larger word.


scenescene -> senescence (declination due to aging)


agrinagrin -> arraigning (brought people before the court)


horsehorse -> horseshoer (the man who gave him new shoes)


iconsicons -> concisions (much information in a tiny space)


steinstein -> intestines (human entrails)


metrometro -> tromometer (thanks, f'') (device to detect tiny earthquakes)


lattelatte -> tattletale (snitched)


hosthost -> hotshots (highly successful, aggressive people)


pearpear -> reappear (come back later)


fourfour -> froufrou (women in highly decorated dresses)

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    $\begingroup$ Each sentence also has a reference to the anagrammed word. The one for metro should be "tromometer", a device for detecting small earthquakes. $\endgroup$
    – f''
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 4:23
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    $\begingroup$ Nice job and great thorough answer! $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 13:35

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