Words at Play : Top 10 Words with Bizarre Meanings

#6: Lipogram

Definition:

a writing composed of words not having a certain letter

About the Word:

Lipo– means "lacking; without," and gram comes from gramma, meaning "letter."

The most challenging lipogram – a decidedly constrained form of writing – excludes E, the most common letter in English. In 1939, Ernest Vincent Wright published Gadsby: A Story of Over 50,000 words without using the letter "E." Below is a lipogram version of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" lacking the letter O (from Peter Blinn, curiousnotions.com):

Mary had a little lamb

The bleached and chalky kind.

And everywhere she went, the lamb

Was rarely left behind.

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