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This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole chris@questrel.questrel.com and Matthew Daly mwdaly@pobox.com with numerous contributions by others.

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What words have an exceptional number of letters per syllable?

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longest for each number of syllables
one SCRAUNCHED [SQUIRRELLED (11)] two SCRATCHBRUSHED (14)
one, for each letter ARCHED, BROUGHAMS, CRAUNCHED, DRAUGHTS,
EARTHED, FLINCHED, GROUCHED, HAUNCHED, ITCHED, JOUNCED, KNIGHTS, LAUNCHED,
MOOCHED, NAUGHTS, OINKED, PREACHED, QUETCHED, REACHED, SCRAUNCHED,
THOUGHTS, UMPHS, VOUCHED, WREATHED, XYSTS, YEARNED, ZOUAVES
two, for each letter ARCHFIENDS, BREAKTHROUGHS, CLOTHESHORSE,
DRAUGHTBOARDS, EARTHTONGUES, FLAMEPROOFED, GREATHEART, HAIRSBREADTHS,
INTHRALLED, JUNETEENTHS, KNICKKNACKS, LIGHTWEIGHTS, MOOSETONGUES,
NIGHTCLOTHES, OUTSTRETCHED, PLOUGHWRIGHTS, QUICKTHORNS, ROUGHSTRINGS,
SCRATCHBRUSHED, THROATSTRAPS, UNSTRETCHED, VERSESMITHS, WHERETHROUGH,
XANTHINES, YOURSELVES, ZEITGEISTS
shortest for each number of syllables
two AA (2) three AREA (4) [O'IO (3)] four IEIE (4) five OXYOPIA (7)
six ONIOMANIA (9) [AMIOIDEI (8)] seven EPIDEMIOLOGY (12) [OMOHYOIDEI (10)]
eight EPIZOOTIOLOGY (13) nine EPIZOOTIOLOGICAL (16)
ten EPIZOOTIOLOGICALLY (18) twelve HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUAA (21)
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Unless noted otherwise, all words occur in Webster's Third New International
Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Springfield, MA, 1961.

 

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