Vocabulary questions

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Are there any English words with two 'u's in a row?

How many English words can you name that contain two ‘u’s in a row? Find out how many you got right, and if there were any you left out.

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Are there any words that rhyme with orange?

You may have heard that there are no words that rhyme with orange, and it is true that it has almost no perfect rhymes. But which word does rhyme with it?

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Are there any words which use all five vowels next to each other?

Are there any English words which have all five vowels (a, e, i, o, and u) next to each other? We take a look at some very vowel-heavy words.

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Are there any words with the same letter three times in a row?

Have you ever wondered if there are any English words with the same letter three times in a row? Here are some possibilities… can you guess any?

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Do any words have all five vowels in order?

You won’t find a, e, i, o, and u consecutively in any English words, but there are a handful where all appear in that order. Can you guess any of them?

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Does ‘bimonthly’ mean ‘twice a month’ or ‘every two months’?

Does 'bimonthly' mean 'twice a month' or 'every two months'? Find out how to avoid confusion when using this word.

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How many is a billion?

How many is a billion? Oxford Dictionaries explores how the number has changed, and what the word meant in numerical terms in different locations.

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Is 'bookkeeper' the only English word with three consecutive repeated letters?

Are there any more words other than 'bookkeeper' in the English language that use three consecutive repeated letters?

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Is ‘snuck’ a real word?

Is 'snuck' a real word or has it erroneously snuck into our language? Find out more about the word, and discover the mysterious origins of 'sneak'.

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Is there an eight letter word with five vowels in a row?

There's just one English word that qualifies as an eight letter word with five vowels in a row. And it is a very British one.