Men - More Useful Than Women

July 15, 2018

Yes, I know that is a controversial statement, but at scrabble it is definitely true. Consider the 7 letter words available. There are a couple of seven letter words that end in WOMAN, but UNWOMAN doesn’t really count for this list because unwomen is not a word. The only valid possibility is ADWOMAN/ADWOMEN.


If we move on to 8 letter words there are 8 possibilities for women/women words. How many of those can you think of? To put it a different way, if the opening play was WOMAN or WOMEN how many ways could you extend that back to the triple word score? The answers to this quiz are at the bottom of the page.


While you consider that we will look at the highly versatile man/men words. There are too many of these to include on one of my blogs, so I will concentrate on the 20 most probable ones in both 7 and 8 letter words:



FOREMAN/MEN                   Supervisors

FREEMAN/MEN                    Men who are free

GATEMAN/MEN                    People in charge of a gate

GLEEMAN/MEN                    Itinerant minstrels or musicians

HELIMAN/MEN                     Helicopter pilots

HOSEMAN/MEN                   Firemen who direct the stream of water

IRONMAN/MEN                    Men of great strength and stamina

ISLEMAN/MEN                     Islanders

LINEMAN/MEN                     Installers or repairers of telephone wire

OVERMAN/MEN                   Foremen

RAILMAN/MEN                     Railway employees

REEDMAN/MEN                   Musicians who play a reed instrument

REELMAN/MEN                    Members of a surf lifesaving team who operate the reel

REPOMAN/MEN                   Repossession agent

SEEDMAN/MEN                    Dealers in seeds

SIDEMAN/MEN                     Members of a jazz band

TELEMAN/MEN                    Naval officers

TRUEMAN/MEN                   Honest men

WIREMAN/MEN                   Dealers in wire


ALDERMAN/MEN                 Members of a municipal legislative body

BRIDEMAN/MEN                  Attendants of the groom at a wedding

HORSEMAN/MEN                 Riders of horses

HOTELMAN/MEN                 Hotel managers

LIEGEMAN/MEN                   Feudal vassals

LODESMAN/MEN                 Pilots

OVERSMAN/MEN                 Umpires

PROSEMAN/MEN                 Writers of prose

RADIOMAN/MEN                 Radio operators or technicians

PETERMAN/MEN                 Thieves skilled in safe blowing

REINSMAN/MEN                  Skilled horse riders

RIFLEMAN/MEN                   Soldiers who carry a particular type of gun

ROUTEMAN/MEN                 People who work along a particular route

SHIREMAN/MEN                  Sheriffs

SHOREMAN/MEN                 People who live by the shore

STEELMAN/MEN                   Workers in the steel industry

STOREMAN/MEN                 Storekeepers

TALESMAN/MEN                   Bystanders chosen to make up the numbers on a jury

TENORMAN/MEN                 Players of a tenor saxophone        

TIDESMAN/MEN                   Customs officers


That is just a sample of how useful MEN can be. The full list would include about 150 combinations of 7 letters and the same amount or even slightly more in the category of 8 letter words.


That brings us back to the 8 words in the woman/woman list. How many did you find?


AIRWOMAN/MEN                Female aviators

BATWOMAN/MEN               An officer’s female attendants

CONWOMAN/MEN              Female confidence tricksters

LAYWOMAN/MEN                Female members of the laity

MADWOMAN/MEN             Crazy women

PENWOMAN/MEN               Women skilled in handwriting

SEAWOMAN/MEN                Women serving at sea

TOYWOMAN/MEN               Women who sell toys


I would hate to be thought of as politically incorrect, so to redress the balance a little I will point out that WISEWOMAN/WISEWOMEN are acceptable words. However apparently the purveyors of our dictionaries are not prepared to consider the possibility of there being a wiseman or wisemen. If you have the first word then at least you can play MANWISE, but there is no legal word with the second combination.


Happy Scrabbling


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