This is wrong and, in the February 2015 issue, I pointed out that these examples are phonetic tautonyms
according to the phonetics of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Returning to uncapitalised homophonic tautonyms
, the English Dialect Dictionary (EDD) includes DEEDY (industrious), PEEPY (drowsy) and TEATY (peevish), while Chambers Dictionary has (screaming) MEEMIE, a hysterical person, and Webster's 3rd has EASIES, stops rowing.
in which the 2 letters from each half of the word are both multiplied (x) or both divided (/) are rare:
How many sounded but not spelled tautonyms
like retreat can you find?
By starting with the commonest words in English-language text and adding them one at a time, one could show how networks evolve The second chapter looked at the various patterns of letters formed by words--not only the well-known palindromes and tautonyms
, and the switch words I encountered in 1969, but more subtle ones such as heterograms in which each letter in a word is different, and pangrams in which all the letters of the alphabet are used at least once in a set of words.
These are only obtainable from words which are themselves tautonyms
, so are not included here.
Also omitted are tautonyms
such as POCKETA-POCKETA (an engine sound, OED), where the two halves are identical.
4 two-letter word FY (in the Scrabble palindromes and Scrabble tautonyms
For example, Leslie Card (Word Ways 3, 1970 and Word Ways 4, 1971) presents a sizeable list of two-part six-letter numerical tautonyms
and two-part eight-letter tautonyms
Words which are letter palindromes or letter tautonyms
are not admitted.
For obvious reasons, I ignored words and terms which are simply tautonyms
(ie where the first and second halves are identical--for example, CHIMACHIMA).
One genre which Cohen did not consider is Morse Tautonyms