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For other uses, see Logology (disambiguation).

Logology is the field of recreational linguistics, an activity that encompasses a wide variety of word games and wordplay. The term is analogous to the term "recreational mathematics."

Some of the topics studied in logology are lipograms, acrostics, palindromes, tautonyms, isograms, pangrams, bigrams, trigrams, tetragrams, transdeletion pyramids, and pangrammatic windows.

The term logology was formerly used to refer to the science of word studies[clarification needed][1] but was adopted by Dmitri Borgmann to refer to recreational linguistics.[2]



  • Bombaugh, C.C. (1961). Oddities and Curiosities of Words and Literature. New York: Dover. 
  • Borgmann, Dmitri (1965). Language on Vacation: An Olio of Orthographical Oddities. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 
  • Eckler, Ross A. Jr. (1997). Making the Alphabet Dance: Recreational Wordplay. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-15580-8. 

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  1. ^ "Logology n. 2". Oxford English Dictionary Online. Oxford University Press. 
  2. ^ Farrell, Jeremiah. "Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics". Retrieved 3 July 2011.