A composition from which the writer systematically omits a certain letter or certain letters of the alphabet.
- An example of their practice is the lipogram, which is a text from which one or more letters of the alphabet have been excluded.
- The lipogram ‘to be or not to be, that's the problem’ has the requisite ten syllables but loses the force of the terrifying eleven-syllable original.
- Ernest Vincent Wright accomplished the latter feat back in 1939 with his epic lipogram Gadsby, and it took him about five months, whereas I just caved instantly to my basest critical instincts.
- Example sentences
- The best known of these are Georges Perec's lipogrammatic La Disparition, composed without once using the letter e, and his Les Revenentes, which contains no vowels except e.
Early 18th century: back-formation from Greek lipogrammatos 'lacking a letter', from lip- (stem of leipein 'to leave (out)') + gramma 'letter'.
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