Word Ways


Jeff Grant


In the May 1972 Kickshaws, Dave Silverman reported on efforts by mary Hazard, Gary Crum and Murray Pearce to select a four-letter word, add in turn each letter from A through Z, and rearrange to form 26 five-letter words. These alphabetic transadditions left something to be desired, using plurals such as QERES ('qere' is a marginal instruction in the Hebrew Bible to substitute one fowel for another), possessives such as EZER'S (Ezer is a Biblical personage), and words such as QADER (not in any of my dictionaries).