Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


Word play involving the names of the fifty states, or their US Post Office abbreviations, has frequently appeared in Word Ways. This subject is appealing, I think, because it deals with a word list of manageable size; one can easily discuss the logological properties of the whole set of words, as Dmitri Borgmann did in the November 1970 issue when he sought state name transpositions. Furthermore, readers tend to identify with the states in which they live, offering improvements on the original.