Given the standard definition of numerical tautonym
it should therefore come as no surprise that the articles that have appeared in Word Ways on this topic have limited their investigation to words whose total number of letters can be evenly divided by the number of parts in that word.
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.
such as GULP (G + U = 28 and L + P also = 28) have appeared in previous issues of Word Ways.
However, I'm not familiar with any dialect that would pronounce Susan's several-y ending words (lily etc) as tautonyms
SUSAN THORPE takes up Anil's challenge (May issue page 106) to produce more Nautonyms (sounded but not spelled tautonyms
such as RETREAT) by offering ANNAN, COCOA, CUSCUSS (vf), DIDDY, ENSENSE, ENTENTE, KICKY, LILY, NINNY, PIPPY, SISSY, and TITTY.
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
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).