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Abstract

Shortly after Howard Bergerson resigned from the editorship of Word Ways, eh wrote to tell me of his latest logological discovery: PEPPERETTE, a word containing four of one letter, three of a second letter, two of a third letter, and one of a fourth letter. According to the 1969 Britannica Yearbook, a pepperette is "a girl who does a dance routine during an intermission at an athletic contest". Although the word fills an obvious gap, it doesn't seem to have caught on; in the intervening 12 years, I have never seen it used, nor does it appear in the 1971 Addenda of Webster's Third Edition.

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