Word Ways

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A Friendly Alphabet


Alan Frank


In a recent communication, the editor suggested to me that the standard alphabet isn't very friendly; adjacent letters don't get along well. For example, there is no word in NI containing all four of the letters WXYZ. I have found a way to rearrange the alphabet so that any group of six adjacent letters can be found in a word. THe procedure was two-fold: select a group of long words which contain several uncommon letters which may then be bunched together in the final alphabet, and then use common sense to link them together with vowels and other common letters. The final step of finding examples for some of the combinations was done with computer assistance. All the words listed can be found in NI2.