Quick word quiz (in Contests)
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"What is the only word in the English language that contains five consecutive vowels?"
August 23 2005 7:04 AM EDT
Sorry 777, it's spelled;
And that's only four consecutive vowels.
SunnyRoad wins with Queueing.
August 23 2005 7:05 AM EDT
A good word. A GL word. =)
August 23 2005 7:06 AM EDT
soz, not consecutive but in consecutive order in the word...
August 23 2005 7:06 AM EDT
Ah Johnnywas, Playfully jocular indeed!
*shakes fist at askoxford.com*
you sooo planned that... nice one. =]
August 23 2005 7:09 AM EDT
Oops, i thought the 5 vowels in a row.
The spell checker will not let me post so this disclaimer has to be included in my post. If I get fined for it, then so be it.
5 consecutive vowels include:
...QUEUEING, AIEEE, COOEEING, MIAOUED, ZAOUIA, JUSSIEUEAN, ZOOEAE, ZOAEAE, UOIAUAI, EUOUAE ...(actually 6 in a row),
All are found in major English dictionaries.
Thanks GL, and some of those words seem really odd..
Nice words Ranger...
What do they mean?
Damn alternate spelling of Meow... >_<
So it appears there isn't a just a single word in English that contain five consecutive vowels.
In any case, I stand by queueing and SunnyRoad as the winner of this ill conceived quiz.
But damn I got schooled! ;)
August 23 2005 8:10 AM EDT
Dont know what they mean, just know as a scrabble player they are legal words in that game.
Who gets too many vowels when playing Scrabble?
August 23 2005 8:15 AM EDT
Ever play in tournaments Bast? It happens more frequently than one would think.
I finally see
August 23 2005 10:14 AM EDT
A scrabble tourney. Sounds l337.
August 23 2005 11:41 AM EDT
From my experience, "miaou" is the french spelling for "meow", so perhaps that one doesn't count.
I'd guess that AIEEE, UOIAUAI, EUOUAE are exclamations, and the others look like they were also imported from other languages. So "queueing" is the only one that counts ;p
I think COOEEING is Australian.
August 23 2005 12:24 PM EDT
If it is defined in an English dictionary, then it is by definition an English word, der.
Words with the most consecutive vowels (six) include EUOUAE, which W2 defines as "A word formed from the vowels of seculorum amen, ending the Gloria Patri," and AIOUEA (a genus of plants of the laurel family).
Words with five consecutive vowels include QUEUEING (used in the mathematics term "queueing theory"), the interjection AIEEE, which is in the OED, and COOEEING. (COOEE or COOEY, a peculiar cry of the Australian aborigine, is in W1, W2, and W3. The word is also a verb and both W1 and W2 show the forms COOEEING and COOEEYING.) The OED2 has COUUIENALES, which is a variant of quienals, which comes from quiennal, meaning "dispensation or indulgence for five years." Other such words are MIEAOU (OED) and MIAOUED and MIAOUING (what a cat does; OSPD and Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 5th edition), ZAOUIA (an alternate spelling of zawiya according to the OED2 - Jeremy Marshall), JUSSIEUEAN ("pertaining to the natural system of botanical classification devised by Bernard de Jussieu and his nephew Antoine Laurent de Jussie" [W3]) and ZOOEAE (larvae of crabs and relatives [Chris Cole]) or ZOAEAE [OED]. The Kaula (Pteralyxia kauaiensis) and the Holei (Ochrosia kilaueaensis) are endangered Hawaiian plants, and the Formosan Sika (Cervus nippon taiouanus) is an endangered Taiwanese deer. MIOEUOTICUS is a fossil primate genus [Charles Turner, Philip Bennett].
August 23 2005 2:55 PM EDT
Can't argue with a banker.
I google with the best of them eh mrwuss?
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