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"Jealousy" contains most of the vowels but lacks 'i'. Is there a word in the English language that contains every vowel (and preferably 'y')?

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Is there? Unequivocally, there is. –  Lev Bishop Mar 27 '11 at 0:17
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Not perfectly fitting xkcd-comic: xkcd.com/853 –  user unknown Mar 27 '11 at 0:22
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Oh, unquestionably. –  Urbycoz Apr 18 '11 at 12:15
    
Am I wrong thinking, that that question is a perfect fit for the site? –  Lukasz Mar 3 at 10:27

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I totally rule at Clockwords by using sequoia and facetiously. Wikipedia used to have a list of words containing all the vowels, but the article has since been deleted. Some of the fun facts it mentioned included:

The word Iouea, a genus of sea sponges, contains all five regular vowels and no other letters. [...] There are many words that feature all five regular vowels occurring only once in alphabetical order, the most common being abstemious and facetious. [...] Considering y as a vowel, the suffix -ly can be added to a number of these words; thus the shortest word containing six unique vowels in alphabetical order is aeriously, with nine letters (OED)[.]

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+1 for the link to the game ! –  otibom Mar 26 '11 at 21:45
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+1 Another fact about facetiously: it has the vowels in alphabetical order, and none is repeated. –  Daniel Oct 10 '11 at 0:38
    
If something is like a sea sponge, is it Ioueay? –  MT_Head Jul 9 '12 at 7:47
    
Links broken, suggest instead: * Words without consonants * English words with uncommon properties –  BobStein-VisiBone Oct 18 '12 at 13:32

I wrote this simple Python script to analyze the official Scrabble dictionary for words that contain each of the vowels and the letter 'y', as you requested:

vowels = set('aeiouy')
with open('TWL06.txt') as file:
    for line in file:
        word = line.strip().lower()
        letters = set(word)
        if vowels <= letters:
            print word

The result is below, sorted alphabetically (156 words).

I did the same thing, but omitted 'y'. You can see those results (1905 words) here: http://www.michaelfogleman.com/static/files/vowels.txt

abstemiously
actinomycetous
adventitiously
aeronautically
ambidextrously
aneuploidy
antiregulatory
audiometry
authoritatively
autoeciously
autotetraploidy
autotypies
basidiomycetous
bimolecularly
buoyancies
cleistogamously
coeducationally
coequality
coevolutionary
communicatively
conceptuality
consequentially
consuetudinary
corynebacterium
coulometrically
countercyclical
counterrallying
cyanobacterium
cytomegalovirus
daguerreotypies
daguerreotyping
daguerreotypist
delusionary
denunciatory
devolutionary
documentarily
educationally
efficaciously
elocutionary
encouragingly
equationally
equilibratory
equivocality
equivocally
eudiometrically
eugeosynclinal
eukaryotic
eulogistically
euphonically
euphorically
evolutionarily
evolutionary
exclusionary
facetiously
gelatinously
genitourinary
gesticulatory
grandiloquently
gregariously
hellaciously
heterosexuality
homosexuality
hyaluronidase
hyaluronidases
hypercautious
hyperfastidious
hyperfunctional
ichthyofaunae
immunoassayable
immunotherapy
importunately
incommensurably
inefficaciously
instantaneously
insubordinately
insurrectionary
intravenously
magniloquently
mendaciously
miscellaneously
monumentality
mouthwateringly
mycobacterium
nefariously
neurofibrillary
neurogenically
neurologically
neuropathically
neuropsychiatry
neuroradiology
neurotically
oleaginously
ostentatiously
outwearying
overmaturity
oxyuriases
paramyxoviruses
perspicaciously
pertinaciously
phenylketonuria
phenylthiourea
phenylthioureas
pneumatolytic
polybutadiene
polybutadienes
praseodymium
praseodymiums
precariously
precautionary
psychosexuality
questionably
questionary
radiolucency
renunciatory
revolutionarily
revolutionary
sacrilegiously
semidocumentary
sequaciously
simultaneously
subordinately
subventionary
subversionary
successionally
sulfinpyrazone
sulfinpyrazones
superloyalist
superloyalists
supermajority
supernormality
supersonically
tautonymies
temerariously
tenaciously
turbomachinery
uncomplimentary
uncongeniality
uncopyrightable
unemotionally
unemployability
unequivocably
unequivocally
unexceptionably
unextraordinary
uninformatively
unintentionally
unquestionably
unreasoningly
unrecognizably
unrevolutionary
ventriloquially
veraciously
vexatiously
vituperatory
volumetrically
voyeuristically
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bash: egrep "([aeiou].*){5,}" /usr/share/myspell/dicts/en_US.dic | grep a | grep o | grep u | grep e | grep i –  user unknown Mar 26 '11 at 22:32
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Python is much more fun. –  FogleBird Mar 27 '11 at 0:18
    
related: uses_all() function from stackoverflow.com/questions/5227524/… –  J.F. Sebastian Mar 27 '11 at 0:54
    
+1 for python script. –  Yitzchak Mar 27 '11 at 2:48
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@Kobi: That's only a first filter, and it is at least 5 vowels - the rest is done with the 5 greps in the pipe. –  user unknown Mar 27 '11 at 9:53

Is there a word that contains all vowels and the letter Y? Unquestionably.

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More than one, at that! –  Jimi Oke Mar 28 '11 at 0:18
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... (The word "Unquestionably" being an example. Twas meant to be wordplay). –  Jordaan Mylonas Mar 28 '11 at 2:04
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What a stroke of genius! Nice. –  Jimi Oke Mar 28 '11 at 2:05

Yes, one such word is precariously.

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Now that I really like. Because you have both "precarious" (without a 'y') and "precariously." So the words have "a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes 'y'! =D –  snumpy Mar 26 '11 at 19:40

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