Friday, October 31, 2008

Vowels

A reader of this blog alerted me to this amusing book about vowels:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7697000/7697762.stm

I read an article the other day which alleged that the longest word which uses only one of the five vowels is "strengthlessness". Is that correct?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. I forgot to clarify that the book is 'old' in the sense that it has been published elsewhere for a few years, but is 'new' in the sense that it is being published in Britain in November.

Some of his 'poetry readings' are available on Youtube. I like the work, but some of the responses on the Today website seem rather snooty ?!

2:41 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I've never given it a thought, but I love learning about words and their construction, so thanks for this.

12:42 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Anon - I liked the response. "Prhps hs nxt ffrt wll b nthng bt cnsnnts!!"

Hi Ellee - many apologies for inadvertently deleting your comment about the Turks

9:01 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

What would the basenji make of all this?
Have a look at my latest post.

9:36 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

He wouldn't be able to bark at it, at any rate!

9:06 am  

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