Nonpound Words

On the bus, we found ourselves with a good deal of time to kill. Much of this was filled with increasingly crazy conversations, but we played some games as well. One in particular we played down the entire East Coast was a word game that penetrated our souls. Someone introduced the concept of nonpound words: words that contain more than one word, none of which are related to the original word. For example, the word tiered contains the words tie and red. We began to try and think of as many words as we could, and eventually this game invaded our normal conversations. We would be talking about something unrelated, and suddenly someone would say “Hey, that’s a nonpound word” and it would be added to the list.

Presented in this post is our list of nonpound words. We’d love to add to it.

be/an
so/on
go/red
tie/red
at/tic
clam/or
tapes/try
boa/ring
pen/is
car/pet
sham/poo
coo/king
scram/bled
be/low
trick/led
to/ward
rad/dish
boo/king
loo/king
par/king
bus/king
fat/her
sat/ire
don/key
con/spire
con/crete (this one only works if you can include place names)
at/tack
garb/age
ram/page or ramp/age
rum/mage
tat/too
ham/per
scam/per
lam/bent
me/ow
he/art
thresh/old
on/ion
hum/an
per/son
a/void
all/ow
dis/cuss
dis/gust
con/cussed
con/cuss
do/or
con/flag/rate (our first three word one. There will be more)
flag/rant
sip/hon
bum/per
plea/sure
a/post/ale
cab/in
an/tic
be/at
pat/riot
cot/ton
hall/mark
off/ice
men/ace
ant/elope
be/a/table
munch/kin
field/steel
tic/king
dip/lo/mat
arm/or
plan/tat/ion
or/bit
par/am/or
car/rot
gum/my (gum is not etymologically related to gummy. Gummy comes from the German “gummi” which means rubber, whereas gum comes from the Old French “gomme” which means resin).
be/am
be/at
men/tally
an/ally
an/us
so/lace
cove/ring
art/i/choke
at/tempt
in/vent
imp/lore
lob/by
cap/a/city
fee/ding
bar/gain
pep/per
past/a
leg/end
con/trolling
to/me
spa/ring
fell/ow
fall/ow
bum/bling
slog/an
coo/per/ate
pad/ding
prod/ding
dew/gong
spar/row
in/sect
a/wry
an/gel
con/vent
spin/ache
pump/kin
bump/kin
pin/to
car/path/I/an
in/fan/tile
pi/rate
falg/on
tea/ring
miss/is/sip/pi
fin/ale
bet/ween
act/I/vat/ion or I/on
off/spring
he/roes
can/to
don/ate
pen/dragon or drag/on
drag/on
band/age
sup/ply
epic/enter
as/under
beg/inning
to/get/her
hip/pie (or, if you spell it with a “y” then you can do hip/pies)
am/put/tat/ion
be/gun
flip/pant
con/quest
a/jar
prop/a/gate
par/snip
a/spire
infer/no
peas/ant
as/a/nine
ass/ass/in
pro/pane or prop/ane
con/tract
con/tact
be/aches
beg/in
Flo/Rida
writ/ten
fact/or
par/ties
at/tent/ion
par/tit/ion
so/me
hi/story
no/on
so/on
orc/hard
surge/on
war/den
a/wake
rig/id
at/tend
ass/I/stance
master/bat/ion
comb/at
cat/a/log
in/form
bar/zen
bar/rage
of/ten
rat/her
at/tempt
con/tempt
con/tent
for/tune
port/ion
mol/ten
flu/id
man/go
man/grove
ten/go
sup/per
sup/ply
pro/port
bell/ow
cave/at
con/fuse
put/rid
pant/her

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