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Amazing Word Trivia

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Here are a few trivial facts about English words:

  1. The longest common word with all the letters in alphabetical order is almost. Isn’t it strange that the longest word with this characteristic is only six letters?
  2. The longest word you can make using only four different letters is senselessness.
  3. The longest common word with no vowels is rhythms.
  4. The longest consecutive alphabetical sequence that shows up in English words is only four letters long (RSTU, as in overstuff and understudy).
  5. Ough can be pronounced in many different ways, as in Scarborough (uh), cough (off), dough (oh), hiccough (up), bough (ow), rough (uff), thought (aw), and through (oo).
  6. The word therein contains 12 substrings that are also English words (the, there, he, her, here, herein, er, ere, re, rein, I, in).
  7. The first number spelled out that contains an A is one thousand.
  8. If you could make an infinite list of the whole numbers and arrange them alphabetically, the last number listed would be zero.

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English language triva

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Here are a few trivial facts about English words:

  1. The longest common word with all the letters in alphabetical order is almost. Isn’t it strange that the longest word with this characteristic is only six letters?
  2. The longest word you can make using only four different letters is senselessness.
  3. The longest common word with no vowels is rhythms.
  4. The longest consecutive alphabetical sequence that shows up in English words is only four letters long (RSTU, as in overstuff and understudy).
  5. Ough can be pronounced in many different ways, as in Scarborough (uh), cough (off), dough (oh), hiccough (up), bough (ow), rough (uff), thought (aw), and through (oo).
  6. The word therein contains 12 substrings that are also English words (the, there, he, her, here, herein, er, ere, re, rein, I, in).
  7. The first number spelled out that contains an a is one thousand. If you could make an infinite list of the whole numbers and arrange them alphabetically, the last number listed would be zero.

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