Word Ways


Darryl Francis


One particular class of linguistic oddity which has frequently appeared in the pages of Word Ways is the transposition. Hardly an issue of the magazine goes by without a clutch of transpositions being offered to the readership. The very first issue (February, 1968) contained transpositions of the names of some of the chemical elements; subsequent issues have contained transpositions of country names, anatomical terms, animal names, color names, mathematical terms and the names of the fifty states. In this article, we would like to present and discuss some transpositions deriving from the name AMERICA.