Word Ways


Darryl Francis


The February 1973 issue of Word Ways contained a provocative article by Dmitri Borgmann, challenging logologists to pay more attention to classical topics of word play, such as transpositions, word squares and palindromes. Although a number of his suggestions would take a considerable effort to carry out, one challenge -- that of finding English words of ten or more letters which transpose into foreign words -- proved too much for us to resist. A few hours spent searching through easily available foreign-language dictionaries turned up the following specimens of ten to twelve letters in length.