Word Mutagenation: Zachriel's Word Mutation and Evolution Experiment
Zachriel's
Beware a War of Words
And it takes less than "zillions of years"!

 

Beware a war of words ere you err.

A man wins the crown, but lowers his helm. A kiss
Is a kiss, and a war can be just, but a war of words
Just irks the crowd and leads you far astray.
Words, you know, can lead to a clash of swords.

Why do you think that you alone have it
Legit when sages aver another idea?

Could it be that you could see the light
But choose instead to close your eyes and block
The sight? The origin of the life we know
Just like this poem rose from simple forms,
In meaning, and in kind, step-by-step.

 

How did we derive this bit of doggerel? In fact, we used just a few simple rules:

  • Change only one letter at a time from any existing string. 

  • Concatenate (join) any two strings. 

  • Only one operation at a time.

  • All words, phrases and sentences must make sense in standard English. Merriam-Webster will be our source for validating words. 

  • Starting with the single-letter word, "O". 
 

O
a
, I
or, ore, one, wore, word, whore

words, wordy, ward, war, tar, wars, ware, tare, are
ere, err, era, ore, ode, of, off, or, our, your, you
ire, irk, irks, lire, lyre, fire, lice, lick, like, life
lock, block, click, clock, slick, stick, stack
for, fore, form, forms, foreword
ow, row, brow, prow, prom, from

war, wan, man, may, mean, many, bean, bear, beer, bee
be, ear, hear, year, dear, tear, pear, spear, dean, deal, ideal, idea
sean, Sean, sear, bead, lead, leads, seer, steer, steed, stead
eat, ear, seat, set, wet, we, see, sit, pit, it, is, in, gin, instead
seep, step, pet, poet, poem

ion, sir, stir, stair, staid, tee, tea, teat, tear
treat, great
as, an, can, and, ass, pass, piss, kiss
to, do, so, go, no, not, nod
sin, tin, kin, king, win, wins, wine, pine, pin, ping
wee, weeping, weening, weaning, meaning
is, his, this, him, hem, he, me, the, thy, why, who, thin, think, thing


be-ware
wordy ward, a wordy ward, word wars
a war, a kiss, world, world war

of words, a war of words
beware a war of words
pit-man, Sean Pitman
beware a war of words Sean Pitman
you err
I err
ere you err

a war, of words, a war of words
beware a war of words
pit-man
Sean pitman
beware a war of words Sean pitman
you err
I err
ere you err

* Beware a war of words, Sean Pitman,
* Ere you err.


piss, puss, pus, bus
but, jut, just
O, ow, row, crow, crown, crowd
crew, grew, grow
lo, low, lowe, lower, lowers, slow, log, blog
do, doe, dose, lose, rose
loss, close, chose, choose
not, snot, soot, shoot, hoot
me, some, same, tame, time
sometime, sometimes

do, doe, does, dole, pole, bole, bold, old
cold, could, would
no, now, know, known
err, error
ass, ash, lash, clash

O Sean Pitman,

elk, elm, helm, hell, well, help
elf, self, shelf
at, cat, hat, that, hate, have
ate, rate, crate, create, grate

rat, ray, tray, stray, astray
swords

A man, A man wins, the crown, A man wins the crown
his helm, lowers his helm, but lowers his helm
A kiss, is a kiss, a war, be just, can be just, a war can be just
the crowd, irks the crowd, just irks the crowd
leads you, leads you well, leads you well astray
you know, can lead, a clash, of swords
a clash of swords, to a clash of swords.

* A man wins the crown, but lowers his helm. A kiss
* Is a kiss, and a war can be just, but a war of words
* Just irks the crowd and leads you well astray.
* Words, you know, can lead to a clash of swords.


fa, far, got, fagot, faggot
rag, lag, leg, it, tit, legit, sag, sage, sages

eve, ever, every, aver, eye, eyes
every-one
not, her, nother, another, other, others
me-me, meme, mere

hat, what, whet, whey, why, when
ate, late, hate
one, lone, alone
kin, kiln, kill, till, tall, all, kind, find
sword, sworn, shorn
i, id, lid, did

O Sean Pitman,

you think, do you think, you alone, have it
why do you think, that you alone, have it legit
when others, aver another, aver another idea

* Why do you think that you alone have it
* Legit when others aver another idea?


rat, rot, lot, slot, slut
ink, pink, oink, oink
i, bi, by, got, bigot, bight, sight, blight, light
big, bit, bite, byte
rig, orig, origin, origin
led, pled, bled, bleed
dim, dimpled, dimple, simple

Could it, could it be, you could, that you could
the light, see the light, that you could see the light
But choose, but choose instead
your eyes, close your eyes, and block
close your eyes, to close your eyes
the sight, block the sight
The origin, of life, we know
The origin of life, The origin of life we know
this poem, like this poem, just like this poem
simple forms, rose from simple forms
in meaning, in kind, and in kind, by step
step-by-step

* Could it be that you could see the light
* But choose instead to close your eyes and block
* The sight? The origin of life we know
* Just like this poem rose from simple forms
* In meaning, and in kind, step-by-step.


 

We can trace the "etymology" of each word used in the poem. Some of the more difficult words to discover include "light", "choose", "instead" and "simple".

 
O
go, got, i, bi, bigot, bight, light
do, doe, dose, lose, close, chose, choose

I
in, or, ore, ere, err, ear, sear, seer, steer, steed, stead, instead
is, his, him, dim, id, lid, led, pled, dimpled, dimple, simple

 
(It would have been much easier if we had allowed prefixes and suffixes, like free radicals in chemistry; and instead of merely letters, had included phonetics, such as "sh" or "tr"; or allowed letter rotations; or allowed dropping letters when concatenating; but that would have been much too easy.)

 

O Sean Pitman

Beware a war of words, Sean Pitman,
Ere you err. O Sean Pitman hear me:

A man wins the crown, but lowers his helm. A kiss
Is a kiss, and a war can be just, but a war of words
Just irks the crowd and leads you far astray.
Words, you know, can lead to a clash of swords.

Why do you think that you alone have it
Legit when sages aver another idea?

Could it be that you could see the light
But choose instead to close your eyes and block
The sight? The origin of the life we know
Just like this poem rose from simple forms,
In meaning, and in kind, step-by-step.

 

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