Kyle Corbin


Two words are called transposals if they use the same letters in a different order. The letters may be rearranged only slightly, as in BACHELOR-BUTTONS and BACHELOR'S-BUTTON (a "trivial" transposal), or they may be quite mixed, as in COUNTERDOCTRINES and RECONSTRUCTIONED ("nontrivial"). Word Ways has published many short nontrivial transposals and a few long trivial and nontrivial ones over the years. In 1987 I discovered several new long nontrivial transposals during related logological research, and I soon began keeping a list of all the trivial and nontrivial transposals of at least 15 letters I could find. That list great into the 604-transposal list presented in this article.