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Trigrams (Posted on 2005-10-07) Difficulty: 4 of 5
The following groups of three letters, or "trigrams", can all be found
in one or more English words, obscure scientific terms not included.
Can you find a word for each of the ten?

(N.B. The trigrams may be at the beginning, middle, or end of a
word, but the letters must not be mixed or interspersed with others.
For example: KHS could be found in sheiKHS but not in bucKSHot or


See The Solution Submitted by Captain Paradox    
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re: Computer program search | Comment 25 of 36 |
(In reply to Computer program search by Penny)

re: "OKK words: bookkeeper, raccoonnookkeeper, subbookkeeper  [The last two are notorious on "odd word" lists]"

Obviously "raccoonnookkeeper" will not be found in any standard dictionary. It is one of the funny inventions of creative linguistic minds. 

From one "odd words" website: 

"SUBBOOKKEEPER is the only word found in an English langauge dictionary with four pairs of double letters in a row. This word is in W2, but is not in W3 or OED2. WOOLLOOMMOOLOO, according to the Australian Encyclopedia and various editions of Encyclopaedia Britannica, is the original spelling of Woolloomooloo, a suburb and bay in Sydney, Australia [Susan Thorpe]

Bob Erndt suggests there ought to be someone who has a raccoon that has a nook that needs cleaning, namely a RACCOONNOOKKEEPER. And from Bo Parker: At a dam, there is a flooddoor. The controls for the flooddoor are in the flooddoorroom. Let's say the the boss at the dam calls a meeting in the flooddoorroom. The people who go to this meeting are FLOODDOORROOMMEETINGGOERS. And James Lehmann suggests: In the flooddoorroom, there is a book, which explains how to use the controls for the flooddoor, a FLOODDOORROOMBOOK, in which all four double-O's are pronounced differently. According to Charles Hess, Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle mentioned FLOODDOORROOMMOONLIGHTERS, RACCOONNOOKKEEPER, and FLOODDOORROOMASTER."

  Posted by Penny on 2005-10-08 00:43:45
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