Magazine article Word Ways

Colloquy

Magazine article Word Ways

Colloquy

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Solomon W. Golomb comments on Scot Morris's claim that strengths (9 letters) is the longest one-syllable word. Sol disagrees. "There is a verb to squirrel away, and its past tense, squirreled (pronounced to rhyme with world, hurled, etc. by most Americans) has 10 letters and its British preferred spelling, squirrelled has 11 letters!"

Alex Beard submits the double acrostic lyric poem "'BLUES: John Colb" that has an acrostic on the left and right ends.

    Baby I was once your loven' man, your loven' man John
Colb.
   Laid me down, softest touch, touching my tough old soul.
   Us been apart too long for love, for loves about me and you.
   Ever sense you got gone I'm drawn to sing it blue, yeah I sing
it blue.
   See when sorrow's sung in the softest song my tough old soul
just cools. 

Ross Eckler answers Jim Puder's acrostic:

It's the Governor, not the Devil, to answer Jim Puder's query in the May 2010 Word Ways. …

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