On each turn, one team flips over a category card. Team members frantically brainstorm words that fit the category while the opposition tries to sidetrack them. The team must agree on a word and pull each letter of that word one lane closer to their side of the street, all before the time runs out. Word on the Street will have you in the fast lane to fun!
Seventeen plastic letter tiles are placed alphabetically down the center of the board (on the median strip dividing the four-lane road - hence the game's name). Vowels are missing, as are j, q, x, and z.
Players are divided into two teams which take turns thinking of words which fit their category card. Cards may include such things as "types of fruit" or "something a player is wearing." Team members try to agree on words which contain letters which are on the board. A 30-second sand timer is turned when the category card is, and you must agree to a word and move the letters before time runs out. Letters contained in the chosen word are pulled one lane closer to the edge of the board, and eventually are slid all the way off, scoring that team a point. For example, if "apple" were the word, the team would slide the P over two lanes and the L over one lane. If "jargon" were the word, the R,G,& N would be slid -- assuming they weren't already claimed.
On the other team's turn, for their category word they try to use and slide the remaining letters to their side of the board, while keeping in mind any letters that the opposing team have moved dangerously close to their edge. Opposing teams may shout out distracting words to confuse the team that is thinking of a word, though some may prefer to play without this option.