Word Ways


Darryl Francis


This brief article has its origins in the late 1960s, but has been inspired by more recent work in the last two or three years. Howard Bergerson, the then editor of Word Ways, wrote me in July 1969 asking if I could help fill any of the gaps in the list of words sent him by Ross Eckler, a list of words using the vowels AEIOU in the 120 different orders possible. Along with Dmitri Borgmann, I modestly filled a few gaps. The extended list eventually found its way into print as Ross Eckler's article "Unsociable Housemaid Discourages Facetious Behaviour" which appeared in the November 1969 Word Ways.