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## Word Ways

#### Article Title

#### Abstract

Define the length of a letter as the sum of the lengths of its component straight lines and arcs (ignoring details such as serifs). Thus, the length of V is a little more than twice the length of I in most fonts, as O is greater than C, and B and R both greater than P. To fix ideas, we define the uppercase letters as a combination of straight lines and arcs of circles. Nearly all the letters can be embedded in rectangles 2 units by 1 unit in size, except for C, O, W and Q, all of which require a square 2 units on a side.

#### Recommended Citation

Iverson, Eric and Eckler, A. Ross
(2006)
"Letter Lengths,"
*Word Ways*: Vol. 39
:
Iss.
1
, Article 15.

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