|DK (19 Jun 2005 15:37): So, my brother and I were having a discussion the other night about making ridiculously hard words for hangman. This lead to my brother noting that offspring is one of the few words in the english language with 5 adjacent consonants (and given the low ratio of vowels:consonants, a difficult word for hangman).|
I managed to find one word with 4 adjacent consonants, groundskeeper. However, in the English language no non-concatenated word (i.e. a word that is a concatenation of two other words) can have more than 3 consonants in a row. Concatenations like offspring, groundskeeper, etc. can therefore reach upto 6.
Can anyone think of an english word (not transliterated german!) that has 6 adjacent consonants?
|Grant (19 Jun 2005 18:28): Strengths isn't a concatenation, is it? It's got 5 (although I doubt there are any words you could reasonably tack on to the end). Angstrom is 5, too. Can I work in the word 'portmanteau' here, somewhere?|
Abacus is a good hangman word, too, because it's short, unusual, has few letters, has fewer common letters, and isn't immediately given away by the common letters in it. Even better, but perhaps more of a risk (just pray they haven't seen it before in hangman), is this gem: 'deeded.' Honorable mention is also awarded to Rhythm and (the somewhat dubious) syzygy.
|m (21 Jun 2005 0:04): if we're not counting y as a vowel, how about "rhythm"|
or "arrhythmia" for a slightly-longer-substring-containing less-cute-for-having-vowels-but-still-not-a-compound-word word
dealing with multiple many-word-descriptors is tricky
or I'm hyphen-happy
(that last one may be the only deserving recipient)
|m (21 Jun 2005 0:07): fucker. you already got rhythm. and disqualified words with y in the same sentence! damnit.|
|m (21 Jun 2005 0:07): so what's syzygy?|
|G (6 Oct 2005 21:29): I also like the following word.|
|Grant (1 Dec 2005 18:12): I think 'judgment' also deserves some special recognition for being so wonky.|
|Paul (15 May 2009 3:37): NYT: "Mexican Data Say Migration to US has Plummeted". Even the Times say something that don't use standard verb inflection.|
|G (15 May 2009 7:42): Um, it's because 'data' is technically plural...?|
...Am I missing something here?
What's this about African Americans?
I need some sleep, give me a break.
|Paul (17 May 2009 14:11): Yes, NYT wrote it because they think "data" is plural. But since I'm immersed in AAVE, it sounded to me like AAVE when I read it. I'm afraid this is an inside joke and I'm the only one inside.|
|R (18 May 2009 8:22): It made sense to me after reading the link. Inside jokes are nice when explained! Also, remember to 'Drop it like it's Yod'|
|R (19 May 2009 17:53): AAVE? In my smb.conf?|
; Don't be trying to enforce ACLs in userspace.
|Paul (30 Sep 2009 18:53): So I was thinking about (Mandarin) Chinese vowels. I think most Chinese vowels can be reduced to combinations of very few basis phonemes. It would be:|
syllable := [consonant][semivowel#1][vowel#2][semivowel#3], where
semivowel#1 := I, U, or nothing
vowel#2 := x (unspecified vowel)
semivowel#3 := I, U, or nothing
For example: /dIxU/ = [djow] "diu"
Full list: dIxI "di", dIxU "diu", dIx "die", dUxI "dui", dUxU "du", dUx "duo", dxI (?"dei"), dxU "dou", dx "de".
Challenge: modify this to accommodate "dai", "dao", "da"
|R (20 Aug 2010 14:56): Wow, this MeFi post seems made for Paul. Linguistic puzzles, sorted by difficulty. Some of them reported to be broken, however ("Chickasaw"). I got 5 of 8 on Yaqui, and called it good for today, but I'll try again later...|
|G (8 Apr 2011 7:27): Dinosaur Comics has been on a little bit of a linguistics thing since yesterday.|
|z (26 Apr 2011 19:15): This headline on Google News parses funny: Dangerous outbreak of severe weather forecast for parts of South|