One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Are there any words with the same letter three times in a row?
The answer is not really, because the usual rules of English spelling outlaw triple letters. We put hyphens in words that contain three of the same letters in a row, so as to break the letters up, e.g. bee-eater, bell-like, cross-section, cross-subsidize, joss-stick, and shell-less. A person who flees is a fleer, not a fleeer, and someone who sees is a seer, not a seeer. Chaffinches used to be called chaff finches, but when the two words were merged, one of the letter 'f's was dropped. That said, written representations of noises often contain triple letters, such as brrr, shhh, and zzz.
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