How to Use the Dictionary Code

If you are reading this page because you want to find out how to use the dictionary code, then read on.

This page will tell you about the dictionary codes, how to use it, and when to use it.

The picture that you see to the right of this introduction is actually not a secret code. It's a zip code map, telling you about the location of the zip codes and where to use the right code.

The image below is a code - not the dictionary code, but it is a variation of a transposition cipher.


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    Get a dictionary. If you want to use it, make sure that you and your partner have the exact same dictionary, or else your "language" would be totally ruined. A more advanced dictionary works best because it has more words.
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    Learn. Now is time to understand the code. Open your dictionary to a random page into the middle. Since dictionary's are usually printed in 2 columns, you will have to adjust the code from the book code. Enter the first numbers (triple digit, unless you have a dictionary that has 1000+ pages). There should be 3 or 4 numbers in your code right now, depending on your dictionary. Now, search your actual word in a column. The columns can be numbered 1 or 2, so if you are using a dictionary, and you found the page and column, it should look like this: 435(for page)1(for column) it would be 4351.
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    Now you will start looking for the actual word. You search the word in the column and when you found it, see if it is the first word, the second word, etc. This will be your final numbers (double-digit(e.g. isolationism is word 21 in the first column on page 435; that means the code is 435121)).
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    Now you know how it works. It must have 6 or 7 digits or else it won't be the dictionary code.
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    Go ahead; try it out! Use your dictionary, record the page, column, and find your word. This may take a little while, but when you get used to it, it can be an effective code. Below is an example of some words printed in dictionary code from the Webster's Universal College Dictionary.

Examples of codes from a college dictionary

  • 462202 = leak
  • 719101 = sewage
  • 900119 = win
  • 917214 = zymurgy
  • 363103 = gymnastics
  • 001119 = aardvark


  • Use this to fool other people into seeing your code. This type of code is extremely hard to crack, unless you give it out. If there is a thief or burglar in your neighborhood, you can use this simple but very effective code so that the criminal doesn't know what you are planning to do.


  • If you are sending the message on E-mail, then you are allowed to. However, if you are sending the message to someone in your neighborhood, you can send it out to their front porch. You may use it anytime, but do not use it if a person tells you not to, unless it is a stranger. For example, a security guards says that you have to stop using the code on us. You might want to listen to him. If you are being told by a stranger, then you don't have to listen to him. Be careful where you use it; it might be dangerous if you aren't paying attention.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 dictionaries, must be the same
  • Friend(s) to send messages to

Article Info

Categories: Codes and Hidden Messaging