Word Ways


The term word-chain is used when describing word series in which the last letter from one word repeats the beginning letter contained in its successor; for illustration, consider the phrase "shimmering, gleaming, glistening glow -- winter reigns, splendiferous snow" from Mary Youngquist's poem printed in an earlier Word Ways issue. Recently, John Muirhead (a Canadian reader) proposed the term word-sequence for word series in which adjacent word-pairs always have at least one common alphabetic letter. Not the similarity between word-sequences and overlapping word-progressions such as NUTS, SUIT, GIST, GILT, GOLD, LODE, DOPE, COPE or REMIND, LIMNED, DOLMEN, MELONS, AMOLES, MOLARS, SAILOR.