Random Word Generator


Random Word Generator

What is a random word?

A random word is a word picked casually over a defined set, of which it is not possible to predict future value based on past or present extractions.

What is a random word generator?

A Random Word Generator is a tool developed to generate one or a list of more random words. It is possible to select language and some other conditions like starting and/or ending letter and word length in syllables. You can even choose between all words, verbs only, nouns only or adjective only depending on which best meets your needs. Once done, you simply press the "Generate" button and a list of words will appear.

What is a random word?

It is not possible to define a most random number since the probability of picking a random word is the same for all words. But it is demonstrated that it is possible to identify most picked words: when groups of people are polled to pick a random word the most commonly chosen word resulted to be “potato”. The second one is probably “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from famous Mary Poppins book series. Bagel, bubbles, muffin, bacon and agenda are also very commonly picked random words.

Why generate random words?

This tool can be very useful to generate creative ideas for writing a story, a blog post or even a song. For example, you could generate 10 random words and build a crazy story using and training your creativity. This will force you to think creatively since you have no idea what words will appear. You can also make it more difficult using the words in the exact order they are generated. If you are studying languages you can also use the random word generator tool to generate words in a foreign language and test your or your students’ vocabulary on words meaning and translation. For this scope we included a multiple language translation and words definition. Another use could be playing games like spelling challenges or Pictionary or simply for brainstorming.

How to generate a random word?

The simplest way is to use our tool. You can also generate a random word manually opening a book or a dictionary and pointing a word with closed eyes. Also you can generate two random numbers using our generator and use them to select one page and one word from a physical book, an e-book or a PDF or Word document. If you prefer to use Microsoft Excel, there is a worksheet functions that are meant to generate random string from a list. Input all the words in column A. Then select a blank cell on another column, copy and paste formula=INDEX($A:$A,RANDBETWEEN(1,COUNTA($A:$A)),1) into the formula bar, and then press the Enter key. You will see a random word is displayed in the selected cell.

Probability, random word analysis

Let’s start simple with some probability examples.
The probability of guessing correctly a word in a list of 10 is 1/10 (10%)
The probability of guessing correctly a word in a list of 20 is 1/20 (5%)
The probability of guessing correctly a word in a list of 100 is 1/100 (1%)
The probability of guessing correctly 3 words in a list of 100 is 1/100 x 1/100 x 1/100 = 1/1,000,000 (0.0001%)
This calculation is valid every time that the extractions are unpredictable and independent. But in the case of multiple choice answers for example, it is different because the independence condition is no longer verified: the same word cannot be selected twice. In this case you can calculate the probability select the right 3 words in a list of 10 in this way: the probability to guess correctly the first word is 3/10, for the second word is 2/9 and for the third word is 1/8. The total probability is 3/10 x 2/9 x 3/8 = 6/720 = 1/120 (0.8333%)