Stately Words

Citation data:

Word Ways, Vol: 9, Issue: 2, Page: 9

Publication Year:
1976
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol9/iss2/9
Author(s):
Francis, Darryl
Tags:
Linguistics
article description
In the February 1976 Kickshaws, Ralph Beaman wondered about the possibility of Websterian words made up from the two-letter postal abbreviations for the 50 states. For example, ORDEAL is composed of OR (Oregon, DE (Delaware), and AL (Alabama). This article attempts to list all the stately words in Webster's Pocket Dictionary, extending the results to Webster's Second and Third Editions for longer examples.