Word Ways


Peter Newby


Logology has intrigued many writers. George Bernard Shaw, for example, gave us the word GHOTI. Pronounced 'fish', it is a compound of the GH of ENOUGH as the 'f', the O of WOMEN for the 'i' and the TI of EMOTION for the 'sh'. But, few writers have made a fortune from a single piece of wordplay. The exception is a trio--Michael Bagent. Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln--who turned one piece of wordplay into the best-seller The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.