Last year I learned the term “contranym.” It refers to a word that can actually have opposite meanings, as in “Overlooks.” The hotel overlooks the bay. And also: The teacher overlooks me again.
Today I learned the term, “Isogram.” It’s a word that doesn’t repeat any letters, which refers to a lot of words, although not “refers.” Isogram is actually an isogram. But it’s more impressive, however, when the words are 12 letters long, as in “unforgivable,” or “thunderclaps” or “Francophiles” or “profitable” or, my favorite, “disreputably,” which may describe this blog post.


About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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