Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


What is a word? From Lewis Carroll onwards, this apparently simple question has bedeviled countless word buffs, whether they are participating in a game of Scrabble or writing an article on long transposals for Word Ways. The purpose of this article is to examine various aspects of the problem, in hope that each person facing it may decide where to draw his own line between words and non-words. This article does not attempt to impose a single line which all logologists must toe.