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The Most Letters (Posted on 2004-10-03) Difficulty: 2 of 5
What everyday word from the English language uses the highest number of differing letters? I am after the shortest word with the most letters.

eg.
KNIFE has 5, where SPOON only has 4. so KNIFE is better.
The word SPINES has 5 differing letters but is 6 letters long so KNIFE would be better here also.
The word POSTERS has 6 differing letters, even though it is 7 letters long, this will beat KNIFE.

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Some Thoughts How far down the list... | Comment 4 of 12 |

... before you get to an "everyday word"?  From a computer-produced list which was then sorted by number of unique letters descending, and within that length ascending (and alphabetically within that), shown down to 13 unique letters, :

phenylthiocarbamides     16 20
dermatoglyphics          15 15
uncopyrightable          15 15
diethylcarbamazines      15 19
neuropharmacologist      15 19
phenylthiocarbamide      15 19
encephalomyocarditis     15 20
hypercoagulabilities     15 20
magnetofluiddynamics     15 20
neuropharmacologists     15 20
semiautobiographical     15 20
encephalomyocarditises   15 22
dichlorodifluoromethanes 15 24
ambidextrously           14 14
dermatoglyphic           14 14
troublemakings           14 14
cytomegalovirus          14 15
decarboxylating          14 15
hypercatabolism          14 15
hyperfunctional          14 15
laryngectomized          14 15
methoxyfluranes          14 15
mouthwateringly          14 15
overspeculating          14 15
commensurability         14 16
decarboxylations         14 16
hypercatabolisms         14 16
hyperstimulating         14 16
hyperstimulation         14 16
phenylketonurias         14 16
phenylketonurics         14 16
plethysmographic         14 16
stenographically         14 16
submitochondrial         14 16
comprehensibility        14 17
copolymerizations        14 17
counterblockading        14 17
cytomegaloviruses        14 17
deoxyribonuclease        14 17
dephosphorylating        14 17
depolymerizations        14 17
hydrometallurgies        14 17
hydrometallurgist        14 17
hyperstimulations        14 17
microencapsulated        14 17
morphogenetically        14 17
neuropsychologist        14 17
prequalifications        14 17
supercivilization        14 17
thrombocytopenias        14 17
uncomprehendingly        14 17
undemonstratively        14 17
demythologizations       14 18
deoxyribonucleases       14 18
diethylcarbamazine       14 18
electromyographies       14 18
granulocytopoieses       14 18
granulocytopoiesis       14 18
hydrometallurgical       14 18
hydrometallurgists       14 18
hydroxytryptamines       14 18
hypercoagulability       14 18
hyperimmunizations       14 18
incommensurability       14 18
magnetostrictively       14 18
microencapsulating       14 18
mucopolysaccharide       14 18
neurophysiological       14 18
neuropsychological       14 18
neuropsychologists       14 18
oversimplification       14 18
pseudoparenchymata       14 18
supercivilizations       14 18
cinematographically      14 19
encephalomyelitides      14 19
incomprehensibility      14 19
mucopolysaccharides      14 19
neuropharmacologies      14 19
overindustrializing      14 19
oversimplifications      14 19
phosphofructokinase      14 19
phytohemagglutinins      14 19
polyribonucleotides      14 19
unapproachabilities      14 19
countermobilizations     14 20
deoxyribonucleotides     14 20
glomerulonephritides     14 20
lymphogranulomatoses     14 20
lymphogranulomatosis     14 20
magnetohydrodynamics     14 20
neurophysiologically     14 20
neuropsychiatrically     14 20
overenthusiastically     14 20
paradichlorobenzenes     14 20
phosphofructokinases     14 20
plethysmographically     14 20
pseudocholinesterase     14 20
pseudoparenchymatous     14 20
radiopharmaceuticals     14 20
meningoencephalitides    14 21
pseudocholinesterases    14 21
tetrahydrocannabinols    14 21
carboxymethylcellulose   14 22
intercomprehensibility   14 22
carboxymethylcelluloses  14 23
dichlorodifluoromethane  14 23
consumptively            13 13
copyrightable            13 13
documentarily            13 13
endolymphatic            13 13
flowchartings            13 13
hydromagnetic            13 13
lycanthropies            13 13
metalworkings            13 13
motherfucking            13 13
multibranched            13 13
subordinately            13 13
troublemaking            13 13
unpredictably            13 13
unproblematic            13 13

 


  Posted by Charlie on 2004-10-03 15:59:20
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