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Saturday 11 September 2004 9.51am
The most difficult tongue-twister is --:'The sixth sick Sheik's sixth sheep's sick'

In English, four is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value.

During his lifetime, Herman Melville's book Moby Dick, only sold 50 copies.

The book of Esther in the Bible is the only book which does not mention the name of God.

A group of kittens is called a kindle.

The letter W is the only letter of the alphabet that doesn't have one syllable, it has three.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is screeched.

Alma Mater means bountiful mother.

Bookkeeper is the only word in the English language with three consecutive double letters.

During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.

If each count were one second long, it would take 32 years to count to a billion.

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.

Saturday 11 September 2004 1.31pm
Assuming that you speak with something resembling "received pronunciation", then there are also:

"broughammed" (eleven letters)

"squirrelled" (also eleven letters but much disputed - can squirrel really be pronounced with one syllable as skwurl?)

"Scraunched"[not archaic?, LR] "and the archaic word strengthed",
(each ten letters long)

"scratched, scrounged, scrunched, stretched",

and the plural nouns:
straights and strengths "

(all with nine letters).

Saturday 11 September 2004 3.20pm
I didn't do my homework obviously Rabbie, but lifted the lot from The Book of Useless Information.
You would have thought the compilers would have done theirs.

http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutwords/onesyllable?view=uk


The longest word in the English language is smiles.
There's a mile between the first and last letter.

Monday 13 September 2004 10.24am
If you even think about kindling kittens, I'll hunt you down and string you from the yardarm

...if you press it, they will come.
Monday 13 September 2004 2.24pm
Queueing - five consecutive vowels.
Monday 13 September 2004 3.35pm
Lang Rabbie wrote:
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> Assuming that you speak with something resembling
> "received pronunciation", then there are also:
>
> "broughammed" (eleven letters)
>

Eleven letters, yes, but perhaps a touch out of date (and that's if one is prepared to concede that this little-used noun ever existed as a verb)????

"Broughamming Miss Daisy" obviously wasn't an obvious choice when names were up for discussion (unless there's some Driving Miss Daisy porn "tribute" film out there that I've never heard of).



...if you press it, they will come.
Monday 13 September 2004 4.32pm
If therefore I do a google search to find the meaning of this extraordinary word, will the pages get past the work filter/firewall thing?
Monday 13 September 2004 4.54pm
if you do a search for that extraordinary "word", then you will come to the conclusion that it's a Rab herring

...if you press it, they will come.
Monday 13 September 2004 5.15pm
Only an archaism if you think everything prior to the 90s is archaic



1987 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

You just have to be comfortable with the idea of being driven by a chauffeur...
Tuesday 14 September 2004 9.45am

Redivider.....longest Palindrome in the English Language ( I think)
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