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December 23, 2014

I love words. They are fascinating to work with and even the same word, like ‘cool’ or ‘neat’, can have several very different meanings. I don’t know who takes the time to figure this stuff out, but I’m glad they do.

This is from The Steve Laube Agency.

“Stewardesses” and “reverberated” are the two longest (and commonly used) words (12 letters each) that can be typed with only the left hand.
“lollipop” is the longest word typed with your right hand.
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.
The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.” (a e i o u)
Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea, Hawaii.

From → Writer's Craft

  1. I learned something new 🙂

    • You and me both. I intend to have a character or two use some of this “nonsense” in some of my novels. I just don’t know yet. If I don’t get busy writing, I’m going to be a one-book wonder.

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