Word Ways

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Able, Baker, Charlie ...


Much time has been spent on devising lists of the best words for transmitting initial letters unambiguously (A as in Able, B as n Baker, C as in Charlie ...). Even so, mistakes occur all too frequently. What then would be the confusion if one used instead the worst possible words from Webster's Second Unabridged Dictionary? This masochistic exercise, suggested by Henry Pollak of Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, N. J., resulted in the compilation given below.