In brief 2

April 5, 2002

Laurie Taylor's example article of "How universally nonsensical is WUDJ?" in The International Journal of Nonsense Syllables ( THES , March 29) falls at the first hurdle. The syllable in question is actually the pronunciation of the Polish town spelled Lodz.

This reminds me of a "nonsense" collection of letters (RZCZ) that used to denote the end of a news story on the wires a couple of decades ago that would make a teleprinter machine begin anew, causing havoc with stories about events in Poland under martial law because that letter combination is quite common there.

Henry Pavlovich
Director and chief executive
Institute of Linguists

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