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Apr 27Liked by Scott Monty

Very clever. I noticed it right away. I was going to try it here, but found out I couldn't because I wanted to tell you about the novel Gatsby, in which the author never used the letter E in 50,000 words. This is what's known as a lipogram, which apparently is not a kiss you have delivered to your sweetie. Instead, it's where the author constrains themselves in some way, such as never using a certain letter.

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You don’t say?

https://www.timelesstimely.com/p/lipogram-no-way

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I don't anymore. Apparently, you did!

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Apr 27Liked by Scott Monty

LOL ok, so here's my response:

In what you've written, in the three places where you use the word "just," use "simply" instead. Substitute "pleasure" for "enjoyment." Then you'll have written your piece without the FIRST missing letter.

Now, as for your SECOND missing letter, well. That one's a vowel, and a lot harder to eliminate. ("blessed" for "lucky," "many" for "numerous," "we employ and enjoy" for "for our use or enjoyment," ... oh, forget it!)

I also briefly thought the alphabet displayed was a variant of the Greek one (which shares those missing letters, depending on how you look at it), but I think not: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_alphabet

I've had too much coffee. I can tell.

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Ha! I hadn't even considered of writing it to align with the art - I picked that after I had written the piece.

I think the artist simply wanted to work with three rows with eight letters in each. Had to cut corners somewhere...

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Also, do you know/remember what the 27th letter was?

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