Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


In exploring the recreational byways of the English language, the most important tool of the logologist is an unabridged dictionary. However, it is often exceedingly tedious to search through a dictionary for words with given properties; as a consequence, many specialized works have been developed to aid the logologist: positional word lists, reverse word lists, pattern word lists and the like. The purpose of this article is to acquaint the reader with a specialized word list which is indispensible in any study involving the relative frequency-of-appearance of words in English-language text.