Interested examination discloses that many well-known English words and phrases contain the names of equally well-known cities, either American or foreign. Embedded in the word DRAINAGE, for example, is READING (Pennsylvania), its letters rearranged and an A added. In the same way, the phrase AN OBLONG disguises BOLOGNA (Italy), the single letter added here being an N.
Borgmann, Dmitri A.
"Curiously Concealed Cities,"
Word Ways: Vol. 17
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol17/iss3/9