Dave Morice


Some words are interesting because they have a unique, outstanding property. Howard Bergerson has noted that TWENTY-NINE is spelled with letters made of lines only -- 29 of them. (The real magic of this simple fact can be experienced by counting each line along the way.) Dave Morice once observed that AMBIDEXTROUS ("capable of using both hands with equal ease") is alphabetically ambidextrous: its left half, AMBIDE, uses letters from the left half of the alphabet, and its right half, XTROUS, uses letter from the right half of the alphabet. If the letters of OUI (French YES) are each shifted ten steps to the right along the alphabet, they spell YES.