"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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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)[.]
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
Is there a word that contains all vowels and the letter Y? Unquestionably.
Yes, one such word is precariously.