Lipograms - Can You Write One?

Written by Jan Rosser in Socialising on 08 Jul 2020 | Views: 85

Lipograms - Can You Write One?

Have you ever written a Lipogram? They are very difficult, but not impossible and can be a fun way to spend an hour or two!

What does the word Lipogram mean? A text that purposefully excludes a particular letter of the alphabet. Adjective: lipogrammatic.  An even more detailed explanation and history can be found here.

If you would like to write a lipogram using no more than 300 letters and leaving out the letters A or E or T, I will publish yours within this article.

Member Shirley Barsby sent me this lipogram she has written leaving out the letter E, plus a short introduction below.

My son told me about Georges Perec, a French author who wrote a 300 page lipogram which means he didn't use the letter e. As e is the most widely used letter I was fascinated by this. Here is my (much shorter) lipogram.


Snow falls softly, no sound. Wait, what's this? A fox looking for food, looks in a bag, rips it apart, finds chips. Knocks a bin, bin falls down noisily, sound now! Disturbs a man who shouts but Mr fox is hungry. Climbs into bin, knocking tins and rubbish onto path.

A cat miaows, anxious not knowing what's around. Finding no food Mr fox slinks away.

Snow falls softly, no sound. A robin, tiny, light as air lands by bin, finds a tiny scrap of food. Cat is about, go quickly Mr robin.
Snow falls softly, no sound. A man, had too much to drink, falls on rubbish thrown from bin by Mr fox, stands up, slips, falls down. Angry man shouts " I'm trying to kip, shut up". Drunk stands up, skids and slips on snow, on his way now.

Snow falls softly, no sound.

Below is friend Cheryl's lipogram without using the letter I.

Cheryl Lang

Today my soggy sunflowers are taller than the fence. They have battled through storm and strong gales, bent but not broken. Now they soar towards the sky, much taller than me. The heart of the flower expands each day and that flamboyant yellow glow enhances my garden.

Below is  friend Pea Appleby lipogram without using the letter A. Inspiration from Rowan Coleman's bright apple picture.

Pea Appleby

Snow White looked in the bowl of green fruit; green except for one, glowing bright red, right in the middle. Her step-mother tried to urge her to consume it, but Snow White didn't know if she should. Something told her to think before she touched the delicious looking orb. Common sense won out for once. Snow White took one of the green ones, much to her step-mother's disgust.


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