Sunday, November 23, 2008

Alphabet Soup

I have a fondness for language - especially things like onomatopoeia, homonyms, and the like.

Evelyn has the Leap Frog Fridge Phonics Magnets and she loves them! One day, we tried to make the longest word that we could without repeating a letter. I came up with "flamingos." Not bad, but of course I had to look up the real longest letter with no repetition. This is what I found on a language web community forums:

"I found 38,000+ words with no letter repetition; the longest were.. dermatoglyphics (15), uncopyrightable (15) This was from an indexed dictionary of 'normal / regular' words.

Here's the top lot! 15,"dermatoglyphics" 15,"uncopyrightable" 14,"troublemakings" 14,"dermatoglyphic" 14,"ambidextrously" 13,"documentarily" 13,"consumptively" 13,"copyrightable" 13,"endolymphatic" 13,"flowchartings" 13,"hydromagnetic" 13,"lycanthropies" 13,"troublemaking" 13,"unpredictably" 13,"unproblematic" 13,"subordinately" 13,"metalworkings" 13,"multibranched"

Pretty fun, huh?!?

3 comments:

Madeline said...

Fun! My mom will love hearing about that. She's a total wordie.

Jami said...

So much fun!! That sounds exactly like something I would do! Now...just teach Evelyn to say "dermatoglyphics" or "ambidextrously" and people will be really impressed.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh I'm impressed you looked those up- I never would have thought of that! Pretty cool!

Steph