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Balanced Words


Susan Thorpe


'Balanced Words' anagrams to 'An ABCDE's World'. It is certainly that! Ironically, the word 'balanced' is not itself a balanced word, but INTRODUCTION and CONTRARILY are. (In this article, words in capital letters are balanced.) So, what is a balanced word? When the sum of the letters of a word (using A=1, B=2 etc.) is divided by the number of letters in the word, the result is the 'average letter weight' of that word which, in the case of balanced words, is 13.5, halfway through the alphabet between M and N.