Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


On page wu (wort-uiteinden) of Opperlauns! taal- & letterkunde (Querido, 2003), Battus (pseudonym of Hugo Brandt Corstius) constructed lists of 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, and 9-letter Dutch words in which the end of one word was the start of the next: for example, query, yapok, knoop, ... zamac, clash. Each letter of the Dutch alphabet was used once in a word-join. By rearranging the alphabet to accommodate rare starts and endings, Battus created strings using every letter.