Word Ways


Michael Keith


The pangrammatic window in running text has been extensively studied, but its cousin in panalphabetic window (containing each letter of the alphabet at least once, and in alphabetical order) has been somewhat neglected. In this note I explore accidental panalphabetic windows in existing works of literature. Specifically, the 1500 works of the Project Gutenberg CD-ROMs were examined by a computer program to determine the smallest window in each, after which some of the more remarkable ones were culled for presentation here.