Posted by: episystechpubs | March 6, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Tautonyms

For today’s Friday fare, I’m taking a break from mondegreens and returning to Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, & Other Delightful & Outrageous Wordplay, by Rod L. Evans, Ph.D.

In chapters 26 and 27, Dr. Evans introduces us to tautonyms. Tautonyms are “words with two or more identical parts.” For example, the word murmur contains the repeated letters mur. The list below contains internal tautonyms, so the repeated part is somewhere inside the word. For example, in the word nonsense, the repeated part of the word is nse.

Here is the list:

· alfalfa

· assassin

· assessed

· barbarous

· Chihuahua

· Cincinnati

· contented

· fibrobronchitis

· fiddledeedee

· furfuraceous

· instantaneous

· kinkiness

· Mississippi

· metastasis

· nannander

· nonsense

· obsesses

· possessed

· quaquaversal

· redeeded

· redredge

· satiation

· seismism

· sentential

· Shoshone

· singing

· stomachache

· superperfect

· tinting

· versers

Kara Church

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