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#355 - 03/16/00 08:44 PM Five-letter word with no vowels  
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Several years ago at a Scrabble tournament, a player used a five-letter word that was vowelless (is that a word?). Does anyone know it and save me from reading the Scrabble Dictionary cover to cover? Merci.


#356 - 03/17/00 08:51 AM Re: Five-letter word with no vowels  
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I'm not sure what the conventions are, but there are a number of words that use 'y' in place of vowels. I believe some commentators consider y and w as de facto vowels, in which case these examples would not apply, but here are some possibilities:

pygmy

gypsy

(Both have alternative spellings, with 'i', though.)

rhythm (and its extension: rhythms) is about the longest I have come across. Also (are there enough 'y's in Scrabble for this?): syzygy.

The longest string of letters without a vowel (or a fake vowel like y or w) occurs, I believe, in the compound word: laTCHSTRing.

Hope this helps.


#357 - 03/17/00 09:17 AM Re: Five-letter word with no vowels  
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Another word is nymph.


#358 - 04/04/00 03:54 AM Re: Five-letter word with no vowels  
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here's one that's rare (and Welsh): crwth


#359 - 04/04/00 02:37 PM Re: Five-letter word with no vowels  
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Strengths, is I believe the longest word with only one vowel.


#360 - 04/06/00 12:52 AM Re: Five-letter word with no vowels  
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As for words that have no Ys either (lest we should forget the ..."and sometimes Y" part of the nursery mantra), there are 2 three letter ones: nth, and qts.

There is a seven-letter one as well: "tsktsks," meaning the noise of disapproval or admonishment.

Cheers.


#361 - 04/06/00 03:34 PM Re: Five-letter word with no vowels  
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Is "qts" really accepted in Scrabble?

Here's another actual Welsh word: cwm (it means valley)



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