Word Ways


In the following dialogue, Sebbie (short for Sebastian) uses only the letters BEHILOSZ, and Amanda the remaining eighteen. (Why this choice of letters? My children showed me how 71077345 on a pocket calculator would spell ShELLOIL if turned upside down, and I ascertained that 8 and 2 also led to letters.) Because of the paucity of words spelled with these eight letters or the complement, I have taken certain orthographic liberties with their conversation, but it should not prove too hard to understand.