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Scrabulous ScoreOk, so now that I have nine games of Scrabulous on the go through Face book (You know – Facebook, the social networking site that I refuse to join), my word-forgery has increased immensely of late.

So when I stumbled across these ten today, in a ‘word’ frame of mind I enjoyed it immensely, and thought I’d share …

• The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”

• “dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.

• The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language. (119 according to

• “underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”

• There are only four words in the English language which end in ”-dous” : tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

• There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein” : the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein and herein.

• ‘stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. (try it, it’s most fulfilling)

• The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all : “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”

• The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable”.

• “facetious” and “abstemious” contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”

So … anyone want to challenge me to a game? You’ll find me on Facebook …

9 responses to “Wordtastic!”

  1. Yorkie says:

    Queueing is the only English word with 5 consecutive vowels.

  2. typewriter is spelt using only the top row of a keyboard. It was also the cheat code in manic miner.

    I type stewardesses, like every other word, with my right hand.

  3. Also, if you want to mix two of your facts, try annelidous (wormlike, or having a small arse)

  4. Paul says:

    What about, Silver, Orange, Month and Purple – no word rhymes with them in the English language

  5. Mikey says:

    Tmesis. My favourite word.

    Only word to begin TM, and means when you split up a word to put word(s) inside. Abso-f*ckin-lutely brilliant.

  6. […] shows off his propensity toward logophilia:  • ‘stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. (try it, […]

  7. Wayne says:

    did I hit Gyles Brandreth’s blog by mistake? 🙂 OK, I give you for your browsing pleasure. I also discovered that “screeched” can be joined by “strengths” as a 9-letter/1-syllable word…

  8. Richard says:

    Scree – ched or Screech – ed

    Either way you pronounce it, I make that two syllables. Or is this your new American accent coming through?

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