Off The Pages Of A Magazine: More Than Words

From Readers’ Digest (February’09 issue):

  • “Aegilops” is the longest word with letters in alphabetical order. It means goat grass.
  • The word “queuing” has the longest run of vowels.
  • Swims” is the longest word with 180-degree symmetry.
  • “Stressed & Desserts” are the longest words that can be reversed.
  • “Esophagographers” is the longest word in which all letters appear twice. It refers to people experienced in radiographic visualisation of the oesophagus using a swallowed radiopaque contrast medium.
  • “Strengths” is the longest word that has only one vowel.
  • The longest word that can be typed with the left hand is “stewardesses”.
  • The longest word without a repeating letter is “dermatoglyphics”. This word refers to the study of skin markings and patterns on fingers, hands and feet.
  • The word “latchstring” has the longest run of consonants. It means a cord attached to a latch and often passed through a hole in the door to allow lifting of the latch from the outside.
  • The longest one-syllable word is “screeched”.
  • “Honorificabilitudinitatibus” – the longest word to alternate consonants and vowels.
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