Word Ways


Eric Chaikin


DEBORAH GLUPCZYNSKI does not need to repeat herself. There she is in all her glory - a doctor from western Massachusetts - 18 letters, no repeats, and a new record for a real person's name. She surpasses the previous record holder, dearly departed 17-letter MELVIN SCHWARZKOPF, formerly of Illinois. This discovery begs some important questions in the exciting field of heterogrammic onomastics - the study of names which do not repeat a letter. (The term heterogram - a word with no repeated letters - refers to a word in which all letters appear the same number of times.) These questions demand answers.