Cabbage Head and 200+ Other Words You Can Spell Using Musical Notes

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In search of a fun code? Try the musical alphabet. The following list of words can be rendered as musical notes, A to H. Although most of the world uses only the letters A to G for musical note names, in Germany, Scandinavia, and a few other places, it is common to use H to mean B natural and B for B flat. This practice grew out of the 10th-century custom of using separate noteheads for B flat (round) and B natural (square). By J. S. Bach’s time, the shapes had become replaced with the B and H note shapes and then simply the note names, used with what we now consider to be the standard shapes. Bach and many of his fans (including Harold Schoenberg, Alfred Schnittke, Robert Schumann, and some other composers whose last names don’t begin with S) famously took advantage of the B/H naming distinction, sneaking the “Bach motif” (Bb A C B-natural) into various compositions.

American musicians typically don’t follow this B/H practice, in casual parlance, except when engaging in similar musical/wordplay.

So, here's a list of words you can spell solely with note names (including H), including a handful of proper nouns and even a couple of abbreviations.

a

aa

AA

aah

aahed

ab

aba

abaca

abb

abba

ABBA

abbe

Abe

abed

accede

acceded

ace

aced

ach

ache

ached

ad

adage

add

ae

aff

ag

aga

age

aged

agee

agha

ah

aha

ahead

ba

baa

baaed

baba

babe

bac

bacca

Bach

bach

bacha

bached

bad

bade

badge

badged

baff

baffed

bag

bagged

bah

BBC

be

Bea

beach

beached

bead

beaded

bed

bedded

bedhead

bee

beech

beef

beefed

beg

begged

begad

behead

cab

cabbed

cabbage

cabbaged

cabbed

caca

cache

cached

cad

cade

cadge

cadged

cafe

caff

cage

caged

cede

ceded

cee

cha-cha

cha-cha-cha

chad

chafe

chafed

chaff

chaffed

chebec

Cheech

chef

da

dab

dabbed

dace

dacha

dad

dada

da-dah

dae

daff

daffed

dag

dah

de

dead

deaf

deb

debag

decade

decaf

dee

deed

Dee-Dee

deeded

def

deface

defaced

each

ebb

ebbed

ecce

eche

eched

Ed

edge

edged

edh

eee

eech

ef

eff

efface

effaced

effed

egad

egg

egghead

eh

fa

faa

fab

facade

face

faced

fad

fade

faded

fadge

fadged

fag

fah

fe

fed

fee

feeb

feed

feedbag

feh

gab

gabba

gabbed

gad

gae

gaed

gaff

gaffe

gaffed

gag

gagged

ged

gee

geed

ghee

ha

haaf

had

hade

haded

hae

haed

hag

hah

ha-ha

he

head

headache

headed

hebe

hedge

hedged

heed

heeded