Thursday, October 14, 2004

Long Words, One Syllable

The longest word in the English language of only one syllable is squirrelled, at eleven letters. This is contended, however, as it requires certain dialects to be but one syllable.

The next candidate is the ten-letter scraunched is contested as it is obsolete.

Of the nine-letter words, many are but one syllable:

broughams
craunched
scratched
scraughed
screeched
scrinched
scritched
scrooched
scrounged
scrunched
sprainged
spreathed
straights
strengths
stretched
throughed
thrutched

Of all these words, only strengths has only one vowel. Also, it is the most complicated syllable in the English language.

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