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#476 - 07/24/00 11:17 AM Re: Word puzzles
Bingley Offline
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Again from David Crystal's Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language , page 264, talking about the letter w:

W/w usually represents a voiced bilabial semi-vowel, /w/ (wig )and also forms part of digraphs representing several long vowels or diphthongs (cow, saw, knew, owe.

and page 242, discussing the sound:

The distinction between consonant and vowel is fundamental, but some sounds sit uneasily between the two, being articulated in the same way as vowels, but functioning in the language in the same way as consonants. /j/ as in yes and /w/ as in we are like this. ... Similarly, /w/ is formed like a short [u] vowe, but acts as a consonant ( we, me, see ). These two consonants are therefore sometimes described as semi-vowels .

Not 'Enry 'Iggins, but I hope he'll do.

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#477 - 08/04/00 01:24 PM Re: Longest word
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The longest word that I can find using the top row of letters is PIROUETTE.


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#478 - 08/04/00 08:28 PM Re: Longest word
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Welcome, violaellie.

Heavens, your name sounds as pretty as your word!


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#479 - 08/06/00 06:57 AM Re: Longest word
TEd Remington Offline
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>The longest word that I can find using the top row of letters is PIROUETTE.

It's time now to branch out. Who can make the longest (by letter count) fairly meaningful sentence from the top letter row? I will allow commas and colons, but not semi-colons.

Quite witty, I require pretty quiet typewriter, pour out poetry to requite.

Not a great sentence, but not totally nonsensical either. I get 61 letters.

By the way the longest word available from the top letter row is typewriter.



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#480 - 08/08/00 03:37 PM Re: Longest word
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Using another 10-letter top row word, REPERTIORE, I've created this 65-letter sentence:

We require our typewriter to pour out trite, yet quite witty, repertoire poetry.


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#481 - 08/08/00 04:09 PM Re: Longest word
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WHOA!

WAY TO GO ! MANY kudos to you, Brandon!


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#482 - 08/13/00 02:01 AM Re: Longest word
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>Using another 10-letter top row word, REPERTIORE, I've created this 65-letter sentence:

We require our typewriter to pour out trite, yet quite witty, repertoire poetry.<

Brandon, I will quite shamelessly build on your foundations...

We're pretty quiet, yet we require our typewriter to pour out our trite, yet quite witty, repertoire poetry.



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#483 - 08/14/00 01:17 PM Re: Longest word
Brandon Offline
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Glad a gal has had asdfghjkl salad. Shall a glass fall as sad lads sag? A sad saga, dad.


Anyone care to try the bottom row of the keyboard?


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#484 - 08/14/00 01:53 PM Re: Longest word
tsuwm Offline
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that flows about as well as your average palindrome.


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#485 - 08/14/00 02:26 PM Re: Longest word
william Offline
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never liked palindromes


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