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You can try out the Joking Computer online NOW on this site.
Or you can download a copy to use on your own PC.

When is a word more general?

When making a joke, the computer may have to find a word that is more general than another word. This kind of word is called a hypernym (pronounced "high-per-nim"). For example, the word "colour" is a hypernym of "red", "green", "blue", etc. The word "vehicle" is a hypernym of "car", "plane", "train", "bike", etc.

The Joking Computer uses WordNet, a database of English words developed by Princeton University. WordNet knows about the relations between words, including which words are hypernyms of other words.

Try completing the cross-word puzzle with:
  1. a hypernym of "cat"
  2. a hypernym of "poodle"
  3. a hypernym of "tennis"
  4. a hypernym of "December"
  5. a hypernym of "marmalade".

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  Back to Stage 2: Choosing question parts

 

  To Stage 3: Putting it all together

 

 
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