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Article Title

Piaster Resistance

Authors

Jeff Grant

Abstract

In "Is a Picture Worth 1000 Words?" in the November 1980 Word Ways, the editor presented a statistical argument that it might be possible to form 1000 words out of the letters of PIASTER. In what follows, I allow words from dictionaries or English-language gazetteers, including not only capitalized and hyphenated words, but also words found as part of multi-word terms. However, I do not allow abbreviations or aconymic nouns (usually all capitalized) like SP or STP in Webster's Third. I first carried out a fairly thorough search of the OED and located the following 717 words.

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