Word Ways


Susan Thorpe


The title refers to he of the Ark as distinct from he of the dictionary. Noah's Ark is a honeymoon haven for words because Noah only admits those words in which each consonant has a partner. In practice he's even more picky, refusing entry to any such words with less than 3 different consonants (6 consonants in total). He also turns away hyphenated examples, phrases, coinages, palindromes, tautonyms and pair isograms. Here, we attempt to discover some of those words which have made it past Noah into the Ark.