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Logology

Dmitri A. Borgmann (1927-1985) was a German-American author who was best known for his work in recreational linguistics, also known as logology. In other words, it is the study of wordplay and word games. He popularized the term in his book Language on Vacation, and is today considered the father of logology.

Borgmann’s work focuses on the manipulation of meaning through arrangement, phonetics and other elements of language. Below is an alphabetical list of some topics covered in logology.

Scrabble letters are on top of a dictionary.Acronyms
Acrostics
Alphabet words
Alienans
Alternades
Anagrams
Ananym
Antigrams
Aptanagramies
Aptronym
Bacronyms
Beheadments
Bigrams
Capitonyms
Changed meanings
Charades
Chemograms
Contronyms
Curtailments
Domunyms
Eggcorns
Eponyms
Euonym
Grammagrams
Heteronyms
Homophones
Illogicalities
Internal deletion homophones
Isograms
Kangaroo words
Language game
Lipograms
Literordinyms
Malapropism
Misleading expressions
Misnomers
Mondegreens
Neologisms
One-trick words
Oronyms
Oxymorons
Palindromes
Pangrams
Pangrammatic windows
Paradoxes
Paraprosdokians
Phantonyms
Piano words
Pleonasms
Portmanteaus
Puns
Rebuses
Retronyms
Rhyme
Semordnilaps
Sesquipedalianisms
Sobriquet
Spoonerisms
Silent letters
Tautonyms
Tetragrams
Transdeletion pyramids
Trigrams
Word chains
Word records
Words derived from place names