Thursday, October 23, 2008

Why, why, why

As sure as the sun will come up from the east, as soon as I say only and never I will be wrong. The Curmudgeon's Observation from Scuttlebutt 2709 made this classic mistake:

The only word in the English language that contains all five vowels in alphabetical order is ‘FACETIOUS’.

No sooner had that issue hit the newstands that I received this email from Milo Frawley of St. Thomas, USVI:

I hardly consider myself a speller, but abstemious is right up there with facetious when it comes to vowels being in order.

Never again!

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At 12:26 PM, Blogger Scuttleblog said...

From Fred Cox:
As to the words that have the 5 typical vowels in order, the first one I found was "Abstemious."

"Abstemiously" adds the "Y." I couldn't find any with "W."

Assuming the vowels can be duplicated, here is a bunch more:
abietineous
abstemious
abstemiously
abstemiousness
abstentious
acetabuliferous
acetarious
acheilous
acheirous
acleistous
actinopterygious
adenocarcinomatous
advectitious
adventitious
adventitiously
adventitiousness
adversarious
adversifolious
aeciotelium
aegithognathous
aeriferous
aerobious
aeroperitoneum
aerophilous
aeruginous
affectious
alternipetalous
alternisepalous
amberiferous
amentiferous
ametoecious
ampelidaceous
ampelideous
anaerobious
androdioecious
andromonoecious
anemophilous
anepigraphous
annelidous
antenniferous
antheriferous
anthraceniferous
antireligious
aploperistomatous
appendicious
appenditious
appetitious
aqueoigneous
archicleistogamous
arenarious
arenicolous
argentiferous
argilloferruginous
argumentatious
arietinous
armeniaceous
arreptitious
arseniferous
arsenious
arteriopalmus
arterious
arteriovenous
asclepiadaceous
asclepiadeous
asperifolious
assentatious
athericerous
autecious
auteciously
auteciousness
autoecious
autoeciously
autoeciousness
bacteriaceous
bacterioagglutinin
bacteriofluorescin
bacteriogenous
bacteriophagous
bacteriopurpurin
bacteriotherapeutic
bacterious
caesalpiniaceous
caesious
calcareoargillaceous
calcareobituminous
calcareosiliceous
cavernicolous
ceratopteridaceous
chaetiferous
Chamaesiphonaceous
chlamydobacteriaceous
desmarestiaceous
diapensiaceous
eflagelliferous
facetious
facetiously
facetiousness
filamentiferous
flagellariaceous
flagelliferous
fracedinous
fragmentitious
frankeniaceous
garnetiferous
hamamelidaceous
haploperistomous
hexapetaloideous
hypocraterimorphous
krameriaceous
laboulbeniaceous
laemodipodous
lamellicornous
lamelliferous
Lapeirousia
lateriflorous
laterifolious
lateritious
macrolepidopterous
magnetiferous
majestious
malacopterygious
malesherbiaceous
malleiferous
metarsenious
myxobacteriaceous
nonabstemious
nonadventitious
nonargentiferous
nonfacetious
overabstemious
overabstemiousness
palaeodictyopterous
pancreaticoduodenal
pancreaticoduodenostomy
parallelinervous
parallepipedous
parmeliaceous
paroecious
paroeciously
paroeciousness
placentiferous
placentigerous
polygamodioecious
pseudosacrilegious
pyroarsenious
quadragenarious
quadrigeminous
quadrigenarious
racemiferous
rafflesiaceous
ramentiferous
sacrilegious
sacrilegiously
sacrilegiousness
sanguineobilious
saprolegniaceous
saprolegnious
sarmentiferous
sarraceniaceous
satellitious
sphacelariaceous
sphaeriaceous
squamelliferous
stapediovestibular
sulpharsenious
sulphoarsenious
supracensorious
taeniosomous
thioarsenious
trajectitious
ultraceremonious
ultraconscientious
ultraexpeditious
ultraingenious
ultrareligious
unfacetious
unsacrilegious
valerianaceous
vallisneriaceous
vaucheriaceous

 

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