Transdeleted and Transadded Presidents
Francis, Darryl, Word Ways
Take the surnames of the US presidents. For each one, what is the longest transdeletion and what is the shortest transaddition? Jim Puder posed and answered these problems in the August 1998 Word Ways. The November 1998 Colloquy contained a healthy response to Puder's article, improving on several of the words offered.
Suppose now the problem is restated, using not the presidents' surnames but their first names and surnames together. Instead of NIXON, we have RICHARD NIXON. And just to make things a tad more challenging, let's include multiple first names where these exist (such as RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON) and familiar names (thus, JIMMY CARTER as well as JAMES CARTER).
Transdeletions Let's look at the longest transdeletions first. In several cases, other words of the same transdeletion length could have been offered, but we have chosen to offer just one for each presidential name. For example, Andrew Jackson can be transdeleted to OCEANWARDS and SNECKDRAWN, as well as SNECKDRAWS. Note that there are three single-letter transdeletions in the list: DAHOMANS, NUT-GRASSES, MACERATERS. Presidential Name Longest Transdeletion (number of letters deleted) George Washington news-gathering (3) Concise Oxford, 9th edition, 1995 John Adams Dahomans (1) Web 3 Thomas Jefferson freemasons (5) Web 3 James Madison seminomads (2) Web 3 James Monroe monomers (3) Web 3 John Quincy Adams daunomycins (4) Web 3 Andrew Jackson sneckdraws (3) Web 3 Martin Van Buren unnarrative (3) Random House, 1965 William Harrison Williamsonia (3) Web 3 William Henry Harrison millionnaires (7) Web 2 John Tyler helotry (2) Web 3 James Knox Polk kakemonos (4) Web 3 James Polk plasome (2) Web 3 Zachary Taylor catarrhal (4) Web 3 Millard Fillmore lamelliform (4) Web 3 Franklin Pierce pincerlike (4) Web 3 James Buchanan macahubas (4) Chambers, 1998 Abraham Lincoln harmoniacal (3) Web 3 Andrew Johnson wanderoos (4) Web 3 Ulysses Grant nut-grasses (1) Chambers, 1998 Ulysses Simpson Grant sportsmanliness (4) Web 2 Rutherford Birchard Hayes carbohydrates (10) Web 3 Rutherford Hayes sorryhearted (3) Web 2 James Abram Garfield marriageable (6) Web 3 James Garfield federalism (3) Web 3 Chester Alan Arthur transurethral (4) Web 3 Chester Arthur chatterers (3) Web 3 Grover Cleveland overlearned (4) Web 3 Stephen Grover Cleveland telencephalons (8) Web 3 Benjamin Harrison mesorrhinian (4) Web 2 William McKinley inimically (5) Web 3 Theodore Roosevelt overlettered (5) Web 2 William Howard Taft midlittoral (6) OED William Taft milliwatt (2) Web 3 Thomas Woodrow Wilson swordswoman (8) Web 3 Woodrow Wilson ironwoods (4) Web 3 Warren Gamaliel Harding remaindering (9) Web 3 Warren Harding handwringer (2) Webster's 10th Collegiate, 1998 Calvin Coolidge ideological (3) Web 3 John Calvin Coolidge nonideological (4) Random House, 1965 Herbert Clark Hoover reverberator (6) Web 3 Herbert Hoover thereover (4) Web 3 Franklin Delano Roosevelt noradrenalines (9) Web 3 Franklin Roosevelt lateroversion (4) Web 2 Harry S Truman unmartyrs (2) Web 3 Harry Truman unmartyr (2) Web 3 Dwight David Eisenhower disinvigorated (7) Web 2 Dwight Eisenhower Wigtownshire (4) Web …
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Publication information: Article title: Transdeleted and Transadded Presidents. Contributors: Francis, Darryl - Author. Magazine title: Word Ways. Volume: 37. Issue: 1 Publication date: February 2004. Page number: 25+. © 2009 Jeremiah Farrell. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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