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Posted: 8/18/2002 8:07:04 AM EDT
I found these while trying to solve one of LT's Cryptos: The world's longest-named lake has 45 letters (Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg­). In the U.S. there are 18 doctors called Dr. Doctor, and one called Dr. Surgeon. There is also a dermatologist named Dr. Rash, a psychiatrist called Dr. Couch and an anesthesiologist named Dr. Gass. "Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel. The longest word in the English language is 'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosi­s' which describes a lung disease caused by breathing in particles of volcanic matter or a similar fine dust. "Jack" is the most common name in nursery rhymes. In the English language there are only three words that have a letter that repeats six times. Degenerescence (six e's), Indivisibility (six i's), and nonannouncement (six n's). The only three words in the English language to have 2 consecutive u's is vacuum, residuum, and continuum. The very first dictionary "The American" took Noah Webster 20 years to put together. The word "alphabet" is derived from the first two letters in the Greek alphabet: "alpha" and "beta". The only word in the English language that has 4 sets of double letters in a row is balloonneer. A moment is defined as zero seconds long. The only words with all the vowels listed in order are facetiously and abstemiously. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable". The only word with all the vowels in reverse order is subcontinental. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month! Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States! Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 words -- none of them with the letter E! Of all the words in the English language, the word set has the most definitions! The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q' is the least used! Floccinaucinihilipilification, the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language. Goddessship is the only word in the English language with a triple letter. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet! The above also applies to the sentence "Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs" and uses three less letters to do so!
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:10:29 AM EDT
Another trivia question: What is the longest one-syllable word in the English language?
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:13:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2002 8:14:44 AM EDT by SgtKiwi]
Originally Posted By The_Macallan: Another trivia question: What is the longest one-syllable word in the English language?
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The one most commonly cited is screeched (nine letters). However, one ought to mention also scratched, scrounged, scrunched, stretched, and the plural nouns straights and strengths (all with nine letters). The complete Oxford English Dictionary also indicates the existence of scraughed, scrinched, scritched, scrooched, sprainged, spreathed, throughed, and thrutched. The OED also cites a single instance of the ten-letter word scraunched, from the 1620 English translation of Don Quixote. EDITED TO ADD: I am truly a dumbass, and have to relinquish solving powers to "mr. GOOGLE" [:D]
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:16:22 AM EDT
Yep. What's the only word in the English language that has no vowels and no "y" either.
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:18:24 AM EDT
Interesting stuff. But, doesn't maple syrple rhyme with purple?[;)] ByteTheBullet (-:
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:23:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SgtKiwi: There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month!
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Only for those with little imagination- (must be spoke with cockney accent): I woke up early to steal an orange My plot was foiled by the squeeky door hinge Also, who can forget Roger Miller: Rose are red, violets are purple sugar is sweet, and so is maple surple Any suggestions for month? All of mine require a speech impediment! Adam
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:26:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Macallan: Yep. What's the only word in the English language that has no vowels and no "y" either.
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crwth Pronunciation: 'krüth Function: noun Etymology: Welsh Date: circa 1837 again, thanks Mr. Google [:D]
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:27:35 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:43:30 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SgtKiwi:
Originally Posted By The_Macallan: Yep. What's the only word in the English language that has no vowels and no "y" either.
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crwth Pronunciation: 'krüth Function: noun Etymology: Welsh Date: circa 1837 again, thanks Mr. Google [:D]
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Okay, make that TWO! Crwth is not the word I was thinking of. There is another.
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:43:59 AM EDT
Co-conspirator is not a word. Just tell that to the talking heads.
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:53:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
Originally Posted By SgtKiwi:
Originally Posted By The_Macallan: Yep. What's the only word in the English language that has no vowels and no "y" either.
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crwth Pronunciation: 'krüth Function: noun Etymology: Welsh Date: circa 1837 again, thanks Mr. Google [:D]
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Okay, make that TWO! Crwth is not the word I was thinking of. There is another.
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were you perhaps thinking of [b]nth[/b]? Pronunciation: 'en(t)th Function: adjective Etymology: n (indefinite number) + -th Date: 1852 1 : numbered with an unspecified or indefinitely large ordinal number
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:57:18 AM EDT
Datsit!!
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 9:52:26 AM EDT
There is a real person named "Dot Com" (or maybe Comm) - and, unfortunately, she's a college professor !!
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 10:38:45 AM EDT
What I'd like to know, though not english specific, is who determined the alphabetic order, and why?
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 2:39:18 PM EDT
Many moons ago the head of our Hematology Dept. was Dr. Leach.
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 2:44:30 PM EDT
Disestablishmentarianism. One word. Kinda makes ya think, huh?
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 6:39:05 PM EDT
The word monosyllabic has five syllables.
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Link Posted: 8/18/2002 7:08:10 PM EDT
The longest word in the English language is 'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosi­s. Man that is scary! That was an English homework assignment of mine way back in the 4th grade. Many...many...moons ago.
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 7:49:21 PM EDT
I've always liked the name of that chemical in shampoo - methylchloroisothiazolinone
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:28:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Code39: The longest word in the English language is 'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosi­s.
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Actually the plural form of that word is a bit longer: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis­[b]es[/b]
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:37:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By PhatForrest: Disestablishmentarianism. One word. Kinda makes ya think, huh?
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How's about ANTIdisestablishmentarianism? "I'll spell it when YOU give me ninety-nine thousand dollars!"--Ralph Kramden
Link Posted: 8/18/2002 8:40:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Greenhorn: I've always liked the name of that chemical in shampoo - methylchloroisothiazolinone
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no way! me too... i used to say it over and over in the shower when i was in elem. school (yah i got beat up! -so what!)
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