Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Which letters are never doubled in English words?

There is now a handy website for searching an English dictionary using regular expressions. It appears that the only letters that are never doubled are 'j', 'q', and 'x'. Mind you, you have to go to Uzbekistan to get their unit of currency which is named a "tyyn".

Perhaps I should make up a word such as "sajjaqquixx" to fix the missing ones. I'm not sure what it means yet, and neither is Google. Suggestions welcome.

Happy Christmas,



Matt Doar said...

Wow. I posted the article at 12.55pm and Google had indexed it by 1.10pm. Just 15 minutes!

Tim Kolar said...

>letters that are never doubled ... 'x'

Obviously you've never been double crossed!

Matt Doar said...

Lol pointed out "hajj" which the dictionary used (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition) ignores for "haj".