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Converts a given string into an array of words.

Use String.prototype.split() with a supplied pattern (defaults to non-alpha as a regexp) to convert to an array of strings. Use Array.prototype.filter() to remove any empty strings. Omit the second argument to use the default regexp.

const words = (str, pattern = /[^a-zA-Z-]+/) => str.split(pattern).filter(Boolean);