Dollar Words

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
By: Matthew Doucette

I coded up a program tonight to investigate the idea of word values based on A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, ..., Z = 26, and to see which words sum to "100%". Sometimes they are totalled to $1.00 and considered "dollar words" where each letter cost pennies: A = $0.01, B = $0.02, C = $0.03, ..., Z = $0.26.



There are idea floating around the internet (and Instagram) that talk about various words like:

And the problem is to find what equals 100%. I do not remember the answer, however it is something motivational.



I will not show my program, as there's nothing special about it. However, here are the results of summating 370,099 words from a word list I used:

It turns out a lot of words equal 100%. There are 3,770 of them:

There are even some that equal = 200%%:

And one that equals 300%:

There are none that equal 400%, but the highest summation word came close:



Download my results here:

I have no idea why the wordlist dropped by half the size when I sorted it by the summation value. If anyone can figure this out, please let me know!



The word list I used is found here: Specifically, I used this word list:, which has 370,099 words in total.




Also see our other prototypes.

That is all.



About the Author: I am Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $190,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.