Word Ways


Dave Morice


In the Feb 1977 Word Ways, Dmitri Borgmann wrote "All English words and names--all, without a single exception--are logologically interesting." He didn't define interestingness, and his examples didn't clarify matters. In the May 1980 Word ways, Philip Cohen attempted to codify the term, applying it to a finite set of words (the 50 states) with some success. I decided to apply the concept to a different set: the number names ONE, TWO, ...,NINETY-NINE. Mathematics plays an important part in wordplay. Because both logological and numerical properties can be considered, interestingness takes many strange twists and turns.