The shortest word is a. Some may wonder about the word I as it also consists of one letter. In sound, a is shorter because it is a monophthong (consists of one vowel) while I is a diphthong. Both are single letters in the English writing system, and in most typefaces, I is the narrowest letter.
Methionylthreonylthreonyglutaminylarginyl… Isoleucine is the chemical name for the protein titin, also known as connectin. The largest known protein, made up of 26,926 amino acids, is made up of 189,819 letters and can take around three hours to pronounce.
In English, the shortest words are four letters long. In some other languages we use words with only two characters. The longest words are 17-18 letters – for example “environmentalist” and “not enthusiastic”.
An English pangram is a sentence containing all 26 letters of the English alphabet. The most famous English pangram is probably “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”. My favorite pangram is “Amazingly few nightclubs have jukeboxes.”
Eunoia is the shortest six-letter word in the English language to contain all five main vowels. Seven-letter words with this property include adoulie, douleia, eucosia, eulogia, eunomia, eutopia, miaoued, moineau, sequoia, and suoidea.
1. Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylalanyl… isoleucine. You’ll notice there’s an ellipsis here, and that’s because this word is a total of 189,819 letters long and is the chemical name for the largest known protein, titin.
The most expensive word in the English language is “yes”.
Conversely (five dollar word), the most valuable word in the English language is “no”. (There is a difference between expensive and valuable.)
I think the answer is an envelope. Coincidentally, the NYT’s Caroline Cox wrote a column this weekend about how recipients still value a card more than email. So, despite the convenience of SMS and email, keep stuffing those envelopes.
A sentence containing all the letters of the alphabet is called a pangram (from the Greek for “any letter”). “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is the most famous pangram, but there are many others.
The most famous pangram is the one traditionally used to test typewriters or keyboards: The fast brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Some letters in this sentence are used more than once: there is no ready-made example of a sentence that uses all the letters of the alphabet only once.
Y is considered a vowel if… the word has no other vowel: gym, my. The letter comes at the end of a word or syllable: candy, deny, bike, acrylic. The letter is in the middle of a syllable: system, borborygmus.
Excluding the plural, there is only one seven-letter word that has none of the five vowels. This word is nymphly, which is a rare variation of “nymphlike”. However, two six-letter words, glycyl and rhythm, can have a plural ‘s’ added to form a seven-letter word with no vowel.
Mother, bark, and spit are just three of 23 words that researchers believe are 15,000 years old, making them the oldest known words.
Pneumonultramicroscopic silicovulcanoconiosis is the longest word listed in the most trusted English dictionaries.
However, the longest word in the English dictionary is the 45-letter word “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”, which refers to a lung disease.
Ready? It is Taumatawhakatanghangakoauotamateaturipukakakapikimaunghoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. This 300m high hill near the township of Porangahau holds the Guinness World Record for the longest place name at 85 characters. Locals call it Taumata or Taumata Hill.