The subject of finding transposals for the US state names has been documented many times in Word Ways. However, I don't believe that any attention has been paid to seeking transposals for the names of the state capitals. I decided to have a shot at seeing how many of the 50 state capital names could be transposed. Initially, my hopes were not particularly high-I expected to find no more than a handful of transposable names, perhaps 5 or 6. In the event, I unearthed 20 transposals, some of them perfectly good dictionary words, and others requiring a little more flexibility on the part of the reader. The transposals are presented here, in alphabetical order of the state capital name, with thumbnail comments about the transposals.
"Transposing the State Capitals,"
Word Ways: Vol. 34
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol34/iss4/5