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Old 05-16-2012, 07:26 PM
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Words that have only one repeated vowel


The other day, while playing Scrabble, I started to think about words that have only one repeated vowel in them (like, for instance, "canasta").

I tried to see what was the longest word I could come up with that would have this particular characteristic. In English, my best efforts were:

-With some cheating, "Invisibility" (all vowels sound like short "I", but the last is written as "y").

-Without cheating, "catamaran".

Can you do better? Also, examples in other languages would be welcome
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:46 PM
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does anyone pronounce the y in invisibility like short i
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:57 PM
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"Abracadabra" has five a's. (It probably started off as a joke word.)
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:11 PM
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-With some cheating, "Invisibility" (all vowels sound like short "I", but the last is written as "y").
Why not indivisibility?
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does anyone pronounce the y in invisibility like short i

Well, I do, but then again, English is not my mother tongue
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:27 AM
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Alabama has to have the highest single vowel/consonant ratio.
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Not cheating


"strengthened" has 12.
"enstrengthened" has 14, but I am pretty sure the word is obsolete.

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:58 PM
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I don't guess I'll score real well with Oconomowoc (town in Wisconsin), but I had to mention it.
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Alabama has to have the highest single vowel/consonant ratio.
Beats out Woolloomooloo
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Rhythms - only seven letters, but no AEIO or U's
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:29 AM
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Surely, the highest vowel-to-consonant ratio is a tie between "I" and "a"? Or maybe "a'a", if you insist on the word being Scrabble tournament legal.
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This is a near miss, a nonword, and a non-single word, but there's a law firm called Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer.

Final score: E's 12, A's 1.

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This one is a proper noun: CHRONONHOTONTHOLOGOS
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I'm pretty sure that's a mixture of omicrons and omegas in the original Greek, though.
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Lots of words in Hawaiian, but probably the shortest with the most 'A's. Kaaawa!
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Alabama has to have the highest single vowel/consonant ratio.
If we're including place names then I'd go for Woolloomooloo
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