Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ella Minnow Pea or LMNOP

If you are looking for a linguistically-entertaining, quick, fun, summer read, check out "Ella Minnow Pea" by Mark Dunn. The full title of the hardcover version is Ella Minnow Pea: a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable, the paperback version's title was shortened to Ella Minnow Pea : A Novel in Letters. You can read a summary of the book and more by clicking on the book link in my Bookshelf below left. In the meantime, here are some words with which to familiarize yourself if you don't already know them...

Lipogrammatic: Omitting a letter; composed of words not having a certain letter or letters; as, lipogrammatic writings.

Epistolary: 1. Of or associated with letters or the writing of letters. 2. Being in the form of a letter: epistolary exchanges. 3. Carried on by or composed of letters: an epistolary friendship.

Logomaniac: one who is obsessed with words

Alphabetarian: A learner of the alphabet; an abecedarian.

Abecedarian (a·be·ce·dar·i·an):
noun 1. One who teaches or studies the alphabet. 2. One who is just learning; a beginner.
adjective 1. Having to do with the alphabet. 2. Being arranged alphabetically. 3. Elementary or rudimentary.

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