Word Ways


Darryl Francis


The article "Unsolved Problems" in the February 1973 Word Ways posed the problem of constructing a tautonymic 10-by-10 word square consisting entirely of words, names and terms taken from books published since 1950. Dmitri Borgmann and I joined together for three months during the spring of 1973 to search for a sufficient number of tautonyms to make the construction of such a word square possible. Originally, we thought that at least 1000 tautonyms would be needed, but we were able to compose two 10-by-10 squares from a list of only 350 tautonyms.