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  1. Nov 18, 2005 #1


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    I've come across a common(ish) English word that contains no vowels (not even 'y'). You all know the word. It's not slang, not misspelt, not abbreviated and not specialized. And it's in the dictionary.

    Hm. Can't think of any other hints...
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  3. Nov 18, 2005 #2
    Are you sure? I used google and could not find a single source that actually has a word with no vowels (including y). The only word I found was a welsh word, which I don't think we all knew.
  4. Nov 18, 2005 #3
    The closest one I could think of is "syzygy"... but then again that has the letter "y", but if it didn't have the letter "y" then it would be the longest word.
  5. Nov 18, 2005 #4

    Or any year, really. As a number, it has no vowels >_>
  6. Nov 18, 2005 #5
    I say "nth"
  7. Nov 19, 2005 #6
    do onomatopoeia's count as words? If so "shhh!" "pssst!" "grr!" ect.

    edit: Those arn't strictly onomatopoeia's are they?
  8. Nov 19, 2005 #7


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    Same thing with "Lynch".
  9. Nov 19, 2005 #8


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    And Rhythym.
  10. Nov 19, 2005 #9

    Extra text added to satisfy a curious criterion.
  11. Nov 19, 2005 #10
    I was thinking the answer was supposed to be the onomatopoetical "Hmm". But then perhaps I'm reading too much into the last part.
  12. Nov 19, 2005 #11
    "tsk" ?
    lengthenizing my post :|
  13. Nov 19, 2005 #12


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    (I'd file onomatopoeias under slang, but it's moot now...)

    Dead Wolfe got it!


    As in: "to the nth degree."
  14. Nov 19, 2005 #13


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    >>cwm, crwth, and nth are three words without vowels.<<

    they're interjections
  15. Nov 19, 2005 #14
    I don't think 'nth' is a word. There are alot of things in the dictionary now that arent really words. What makes something a word anyway?
  16. Nov 19, 2005 #15
    NO! :devil:!

    From where comes this spelling error?

    It's spelled "rhythm."

    (sorry, I'm very picky when it comes to spelling)

    Also, from http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.com/articles/article/1029289/8966.htm:
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  17. Nov 19, 2005 #16


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    crwths, it's pronounced krooths. It's an old celtic intrument

    Whozum, nth is reckognized as a word.
  18. Nov 22, 2005 #17


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    If it's not a word, what is it?

    - 'hmph' is an onomatopoeia, as is 'tsk', and their spelling is debatable
    - 'n' is really just a letter; pronouncing it doesn't make it a word
    - '1999' is a number, not a word
  19. Nov 22, 2005 #18
    For those of us who feel that the Oxford English Dictionary (oed) is the ultimate arbiter (especially when it agrees with us), the good news is that nth is a headword there. The bad news is that it is cross-referenced to the headword N. The good news is that N is also a headword in the oed. The bad news is that all of the letters are headwords in the oed. The good news is that in the definition of subsense a of the 4th sense of the headword N, the word nth is used:

    4. a. In Math. used to indicate an indefinite number.
    to the nth (power), to any required power; hence fig. to
    any extent, to the utmost. Also used in place of bi-, di-,
    tri-, etc., in words (e.g. n-ary).
  20. Nov 22, 2005 #19
    I think to call "nth" a word is stretching things a bit.

    Would you call 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. words?
  21. Nov 22, 2005 #20


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    yes, I would call first, second, and third words ;)
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