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Old 07-11-2012, 07:43 PM
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English words with three (or more) consecutive letters with descenders

Egypt. Syzygy. Callipygian. Others?

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Old 07-11-2012, 07:45 PM
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"Happy", "trippy", "sloppy", and others of that sort.

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Old 07-11-2012, 08:51 PM
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Iggy?

Or maybe I am not a word.

baggy, buggy, doggy, and so on...
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:55 PM
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Eggy, figgy, jiggy, saggy....
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:22 PM
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Gypsy, but only when not capitalized: gypsy.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:27 PM
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Likewise gypped. w00t, 4 in a row.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:29 PM
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Both of which derive from the OP's "Egypt", of course.

Add "soggy" to the "-ggy" pile, though I suppose there's no real need to try and list everything in that pile.

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Old 07-11-2012, 09:47 PM
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:58 PM
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:08 PM
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zygote
Only if written in cursive, and then only if your z has a lower loop.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:26 PM
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:34 PM
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:38 PM
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There's "pygmy".

And while I was checking on that one, I stumbled across "pygostyle" "a triangular plate formed of the fused caudal vertebrae [ of a bird ], typically supporting the tail feathers."

Also "pygidium" "the terminal part or hind segment of the body in certain invertebrates."
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:38 PM
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Here's the result of a scan over 170k words (with many obviously related words). Only four words with four in a row...

Code:
3 allotypy
3 autotypy
3 baggy
3 boggy
3 braggy
3 buggy
3 callipygian
3 callipygous
3 chippy
3 choppy
3 cloggy
3 craggy
3 crappy
3 cuppy
3 daguerreotypy
3 dippy
3 doggy
3 draggy
3 dreggy
3 drippy
3 druggy
3 eggplant
3 eggplants
3 eggy
3 egyptian
3 egyptians
3 faggy
3 flaggy
3 flappy
3 flippy
3 floppy
3 foggy
3 froggy
3 fuggy
3 gappy
3 gloppy
3 grippy
3 groggy
3 guppy
3 gyp
3 gyplure
3 gyplures
3 gyps
3 gypseian
3 gypseous
3 gypsied
3 gypsies
3 gypsiferous
3 gypsophila
3 gypsophilas
3 gypster
3 gypsters
3 gypsum
3 gypsums
3 gypsy
3 gypsydom
3 gypsydoms
3 gypsying
3 gypsyish
3 gypsyism
3 gypsyisms
3 happy
3 hippy
3 hoppy
3 jaggy
3 jaloppy
3 leggy
3 lippy
3 loggy
3 logotypy
3 loppy
3 moggy
3 mudpuppy
3 muggy
3 naggy
3 nappy
3 nippy
3 pappy
3 peppy
3 piggy
3 piggyback
3 piggybacked
3 piggybacking
3 piggybacks
3 polygynies
3 polygynous
3 polygyny
3 poppy
3 poppycock
3 poppycocks
3 poppyhead
3 poppyheads
3 preppy
3 puggy
3 puppy
3 puppydom
3 puppydoms
3 puppyhood
3 puppyhoods
3 puppyish
3 puppylike
3 pygidia
3 pygidial
3 pygidium
3 pygmaean
3 pygmean
3 pygmies
3 pygmoid
3 pygmy
3 pygmyish
3 pygmyism
3 pygmyisms
3 pyjamas
3 quaggy
3 raggy
3 saggy
3 sappy
3 scraggy
3 scrappy
3 scroggy
3 shaggy
3 shaggymane
3 shaggymanes
3 slaggy
3 slaphappy
3 slippy
3 sloppy
3 smoggy
3 snaggy
3 snappy
3 snippy
3 soggy
3 soppy
3 spriggy
3 spyglass
3 spyglasses
3 staggy
3 steatopygia
3 steatopygias
3 steatopygic
3 steatopygous
3 stenotypy
3 stereotypy
3 stroppy
3 syzygy
3 tippy
3 tippytoe
3 tippytoed
3 tippytoeing
3 tippytoes
3 tittuppy
3 trippy
3 twiggy
3 typp
3 typps
3 typy
3 unhappy
3 uropygia
3 uropygium
3 uropygiums
3 vuggy
3 whippy
3 wiggy
3 zappy
3 zippy
4 gypped
4 gypper
4 gyppers
4 gypping

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Old 07-11-2012, 11:03 PM
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Ah, yes, the famous cheer "Win one for the gypper!"...

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:32 AM
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:35 AM
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If something were akin to being gypped, would it be gyppy?
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:19 AM
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Most consecutive ascenders? Breadth?
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:46 AM
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Brightly have I added to your little ascenders list. But being from Seattle, they come easily.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:47 AM
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Here's the result of a scan over 170k words (with many obviously related words).
Everybody stand back....
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:49 AM
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I feel kind of stupid here. What is a "descender"? Letters in reverse alphabetical order?

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Old 07-12-2012, 10:57 AM
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I feel kind of stupid here. What is a "descender"? Letters in reverse alphabetical order?
Letters where part of the glyph hangs bellow the base line. In the font my browser uses (lower case only): g, q, y, p, g, j

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Old 07-12-2012, 11:05 AM
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And don't forget g!
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:42 AM
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Most consecutive ascenders? Breadth?
Starting with three-in-a-row, I find this many words:

3: 15996
4: 4889
5: 1542
6: 668
7: 138
8: 50
9: 4

If I eliminate 'i' from the list of ascenders, leaving only consonants, I find:

3: 2185
4: 24

The 7-, 8-, and 9-sequence words from the first set and the 4-sequence words from the second set are listed below.

Including 'i':
Code:
7 accessibilities
7 adhibiting
7 admissibilities
7 antibillboard
7 antifilibuster
7 antifilibusters
7 audibility
7 bifidity
7 biocompatibility
7 childlike
7 childlikeness
7 childlikenesses
7 collapsibilities
7 combustibility
7 compatibility
7 comprehensibilities
7 compressibilities
7 conductibility
7 contemptibility
7 contractibility
7 convertibility
7 corrigibilities
7 corruptibility
7 credibility
7 deductibility
7 defeasibilities
7 defensibilities
7 destructibility
7 digestibility
7 distensibilities
7 distractibility
7 divisibilities
7 edibility
7 eligibilities
7 erodibility
7 exhaustibility
7 expansibilities
7 extensibilities
7 feasibilities
7 filthily
7 flexibilities
7 frangibilities
7 fungibilities
7 fusibilities
7 helilifting
7 histocompatibility
7 hypersusceptibility
7 illegibilities
7 immiscibilities
7 impassibilities
7 impermissibilities
7 implausibilities
7 impossibilities
7 impressibilities
7 inaccessibilities
7 inadmissibilities
7 inaudibility
7 incombustibility
7 incompatibility
7 incomprehensibilities
7 inconvertibility
7 incorrigibilities
7 incorruptibility
7 incredibility
7 indefeasibilities
7 indefectibility
7 indefensibilities
7 indelibility
7 indestructibility
7 indigestibility
7 indivisibilities
7 inducibilities
7 ineligibilities
7 inexhaustibility
7 inexpressibilities
7 infeasibilities
7 inflexibilities
7 infrangibilities
7 infusibilities
7 insensibilities
7 insusceptibility
7 intangibilities
7 intelligibilities
7 intercomprehensibilities
7 interconvertibility
7 intervisibilities
7 invincibilities
7 invisibilities
7 irascibilities
7 irreducibilities
7 irrepressibilities
7 irreproducibilities
7 irresistibility
7 irresponsibilities
7 irreversibilities
7 killifish
7 killifishes
7 legibilities
7 lithification
7 lithifications
7 lithified
7 lithifies
7 milliliter
7 milliliters
7 miscibilities
7 negligibilities
7 nihilities
7 nondeductibility
7 partibility
7 perceptibility
7 perfectibility
7 permissibilities
7 plausibilities
7 possibilities
7 processibilities
7 reducibilities
7 reeligibilities
7 refrangibilities
7 reprehensibilities
7 repressibilities
7 reproducibilities
7 resistibility
7 responsibilities
7 reversibilities
7 risibilities
7 sensibilities
7 suggestibility
7 suppressibilities
7 susceptibility
7 tangibilities
7 tonsillitides
7 transmissibilities
7 unchildlike
7 unintelligibilities
7 vendibility
7 visibilities
7 weightlifting
7 weightliftings
8 audibilities
8 bifidities
8 biocompatibilities
8 combustibilities
8 compatibilities
8 conductibilities
8 contemptibilities
8 contractibilities
8 convertibilities
8 corruptibilities
8 credibilities
8 deductibilities
8 destructibilities
8 digestibilities
8 distractibilities
8 edibilities
8 erodibilities
8 exhaustibilities
8 fallibility
8 gullibility
8 hillbilly
8 histocompatibilities
8 hypersusceptibilities
8 inaudibilities
8 incombustibilities
8 incompatibilities
8 inconvertibilities
8 incorruptibilities
8 incredibilities
8 indefectibilities
8 indelibilities
8 indestructibilities
8 indigestibilities
8 inexhaustibilities
8 infallibility
8 insusceptibilities
8 interconvertibilities
8 irresistibilities
8 multibillion
8 multibillionaire
8 multibillionaires
8 multibillions
8 nondeductibilities
8 partibilities
8 perceptibilities
8 perfectibilities
8 resistibilities
8 suggestibilities
8 susceptibilities
8 vendibilities
9 fallibilities
9 gullibilities
9 hillbillies
9 infallibilities
Excluding 'i':
Code:
4 bellflower
4 bellflowers
4 cellblock
4 cellblocks
4 coldblood
4 deathblow
4 deathblows
4 eighthly
4 fifthly
4 gallbladder
4 gallbladders
4 gallflies
4 gallfly
4 healthful
4 healthfully
4 healthfulness
4 healthfulnesses
4 twelfth
4 twelfths
4 unhealthful
4 wallflower
4 wallflowers
4 wildflower
4 wildflowers
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:13 PM
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And don't forget g!
I thought we weren't supposed to forget Poland.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:55 PM
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Starting with three-in-a-row, I find this many words:

3: 15996
4: 4889
5: 1542
6: 668
7: 138
8: 50
9: 4

If I eliminate 'i' from the list of ascenders, leaving only consonants, I find:

3: 2185
4: 24

The 7-, 8-, and 9-sequence words from the first set and the 4-sequence words from the second set are listed below.
Wow, good job.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:56 PM
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I feel kind of stupid here. What is a "descender"? Letters in reverse alphabetical order?
I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I had to consult a dictionary to find out what it meant.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:59 AM
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Here's the result of a scan over 170k words (with many obviously related words). Only four words with four in a row...

Code:
4 gypped
4 gypper
4 gyppers
4 gypping
Ha! Found another: Amblypygi. However, apparently it's an uncommon enough critter that it appears most dictionary editors do not include it.
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Nice non-technical article on history of ascenders and descenders busting out after invention of cursive writing. Constantine enthroned 800 AD. Carolingian minuscule all government, hence huge swaths of Europe. The rest is history.

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Here's the result of a scan over 170k words (with many obviously related words). Only four words with four in a row...

Code:
4 gypped
4 gypper
4 gyppers
4 gypping
Typical. Get a few descenders together and their racism comes out. I always said descenders were a hate group.
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Nice non-technical article on history of ascenders and descenders busting out after invention of cursive writing. Constantine enthroned 800 AD. Carolingian minuscule all government, hence huge swaths of Europe. The rest is history.
Constantine? Alternative history, maybe. Did you mean Charlemagne?

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Uh...yeah.
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