Word Ways


Darryl Francis


Some while ago we lighted on the strange term Tir na nOg in the Second Edition of Webster's New International Dictionary. This is one of the names that the new Irish have given to the dwelling place where happy souls exist after death (!). The term itself fascinated us because of the presence of the capital O in the middle of one of the constituent words of the term. We wondered if it might be possible to find similar words with an internal capital letter -- by 'internal' we mean any position in a word other than the first. We even considered the heady possibility of drawing up a list of 26 of these words and terms, each letter being exhibited in an internally capitalized form.