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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 9th August 2020
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lipogram (noun) LIP-O-gram

Written work that has no instance of one particular letter or several particular letters of the alphabet.

Alas, the tiles keep dropping, resulting in the “progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable” of the book’s exquisitely descriptive subtitle. A lipogram is a sentence that purposely excludes a given letter or letters of the alphabet, while an epistolary book is one written entirely in the form of letters.

Amy Sisson, Metroland Online, 9 April 2002, Metroland Online
reviewing Mark Dunn's Ella Minnow Pea. Amazon

Form is everything in Christian Bök’s second book, Eunoia. The shortest word in English using all five vowels, eunoia means “beautiful thinking”. The book comprises five chapters, in each of which only a single vowel is permitted. It’s more a lipogram than a novel and each chapter is more a prose poem than a story.

Michel Basilieres, The Danforth Review (online). Danforth Review
reviewing Christian Bök's Eunoia. Amazon

Other lipogrammatic books:

Ernest Vincent Wright's Gadsby. Amazon USA
Gilbert Adair's A Void. Amazon
Georges Perec's La Disparation. Amazon USA
Franz Rittler's Die Zwillinge. Amazon Germany
Andy Went's Lost and Found. Amazon

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