Monday, July 26, 2010

Quote of the Day and Word Fun

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it." Samuel Johnson

Thank goodness for Wikipedia!

Word Fun (from Dictionary.com) - Words that use all the vowels (a, e, i, o, and u):
longest word with each vowel used once, including y: uncomplimentary
longest word with each vowel used once: subcontinental, countermanding
shortest word with each vowel used once, including y: eukaryotic (an organism)
word with each vowel used once in order: facetious
word with each vowel used once in order, including y: facetiously
word with each vowel used once in reverse order: subcontinental
shortest word with each vowel used once: sequoia

8 comments:

  1. That's absolutely(only misses one vowel) amazing, Mary. I'm wowed!!!!!!!!

    Just to put the icing on the cake,(that uses two vowels, in order as well), here is the BBC website home page facts of the day:

    The word accismus means 'the pretence of turning down something desperately wanted'.

    The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one that will last forever. ANATOLE FRANCE (1844-1924)

    The things you find.
    I don't know!!!!!!

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  2. haha, great and true quote about knowledge.
    Wow, I wouldn't be able to come up with those words, you really have to think to find them. Great post!

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  3. I love words. But it could make you go crazy. For example, before the internet, someone told me that there were three words in the English language that had uu. I could only think of two: vacuum and continuum. There are more, but I was laying in bed at night trying to think of uu words!!!

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  4. Did a search for uu words.:
    Here you are, Mary.

    Apparently they are all real.

    http://www.morewords.com/contains-by-length/uu/

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  5. And here are the uu words, courtesy of Tony:

    muumuu, squush, vacuum, duumvir, muumuus, squushy, triduum, vacuums, duumviri, duumvirs, residuum, squushed, squushes, triduums, acuumed, continuum, menstruum, residuums, squushier,
    squushing, vacuuming

    Dear readers, how many of you knew about squush? But it is a great Scrabble word.

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  8. Mary,
    Where do you come up with this stuff?

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