Friday, August 02, 2002

A Google search to try to solve Meg's query about the longest word of just one syllable [why is monosyllabic such a long word?] led me to this page full of fascinating little facts about words. Here are just a couple of them:
  • Sestettes is a word in which each of its letters occurs three times.
  • Subbookkeeper is the only English word with four pairs of double letters in a row.
  • The longest words that can be typed using only the top row of a typewriter keyboard are ten letters long. One of these words is... typewriter.
    And, related to Meg's query:
  • Strengths, at nine letters long, is not only just one syllable, but is also the longest English word containing just one vowel.
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