Word Ways


The historical beginnings of the subject treated by Mr. Lindon in this essay may be of interest to readers. Several years ago, Ben Rogers noticed that the word LOGOLOGY possessed a certain simple property of alphabetical balance (see section twenty-nine of Dmitri Borgmann's Beyond Language, published by Charles Scribner's Sons), and communicated this to Dmitri Borgmann who subsequently found many more such words. Mr. Borgmann mentioned the matter to Mr. Lindon in a letter, but was vague on the subject, and Mr. Lindon, whose fertile mind was thus primed with only the shadowy notion that some words have some kind of "balance," conceived and worked out a much more complex idea - that of centrally balanced beam-words.