I'm looking for as many words as possible to : When you change the English word "ABCD" to "CADB" Please find as many as you can.

I need your help!

  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if this is a riddle. It is also unclear on what you are looking for in case you're just asking a question $\endgroup$ – Alex Feb 23 '18 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Alex I think the request is to find words such that when the order of the letters change from ABCE to CADB it is still a valid word? $\endgroup$ – HollyLeaves Feb 23 '18 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ @HollyLeaves I thought of that too Holly but that is if "ABCD" and "CADB" are words, otherwise I dunno if it make sense. Unless, Heypix is looking for All words that have this format. Now it's not a puzzle, but 'puzzling' $\endgroup$ – Alex Feb 23 '18 at 16:21
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    $\begingroup$ If the condition is ABCD → DCBA, then there is WOLF → FLOW. $\endgroup$ – heypix Feb 23 '18 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this seems like a boring bruteforce to search for 4 lettered anagrams! $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Feb 23 '18 at 18:35

Quick and dirty answer thrown together with a little programming help.

I took a Scrabble word list from this website and then wrote a simple bit of Javascript to re-order the words and check if the new word is in the list.

A good chunk of these seem rather dubious at best, but you can always update the word list to something you prefer.

For people not understanding, we're looking for words such as


where if you label each letter from left-to-right as ABCD, then shuffle them into the order CADB, you get a new word (I've labeled them 1234 here for more clarity):



Here's the full list

airn -> rani
alba -> baal
anna -> naan
anti -> tain
ashy -> hays
asps -> pass
ates -> east
ayes -> easy
clay -> acyl
deil -> idle
dyed -> eddy
east -> seta
edge -> geed
elhi -> heil
else -> seel
epha -> heap
eths -> hest
etna -> neat
eyer -> eery
gree -> eger
hare -> rhea
hyte -> they
idle -> lied
ikon -> oink
isba -> bias
isle -> lies
isms -> miss
lees -> else
naan -> anna
neat -> ante
noir -> inro
ohms -> mosh
onto -> toon
ordo -> door
orra -> roar
otto -> toot
peas -> apse
rede -> dree
rete -> tree
rood -> ordo
roti -> trio
seen -> esne
toot -> otto
wile -> lwei
yerk -> ryke

  • $\begingroup$ eddy, anna, do these count as they are names? I could easy come up with random names to make this work. $\endgroup$ – Tim B James Feb 23 '18 at 16:41
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    $\begingroup$ @TimBJames an eddy is a current. The website I got the word list from (which I linked in the main post) shows you definitions of any word in the list; apparently an anna is "a former copper coin of Pakistan and India" (although that's news to me!) $\endgroup$ – Joe Feb 23 '18 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ Not much of real interest, where both are commonly heard-of and used words, though I like the congruency of hare and rhea both being animals. $\endgroup$ – Exal Feb 24 '18 at 2:15

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