Common 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.

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Is There Another Word For Nephews And Nieces?

Brothers and sisters together are called ‘siblings’. Mothers and father together are called ‘parents’. What about nieces and nephews?

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Is there a term for the study of love?

Is there a word that describes the study of love? Not exactly, but there's one that comes close.

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Is there a word for a baby hedgehog?

The word for a baby hedgehog has come into general use relatively recently. Find out what it is.

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What are the ides of March?

The ides of March is something that is often said in conversation, but what are they, and what does it mean? This page has the answer.

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What comes after once, twice, thrice?

What comes after once, twice, thrice? Frice? Fourice? The answer might not help you out in all situations, but at least you'll know...

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What comes after primary, secondary, tertiary?

What comes after primary, secondary, tertiary? While these are fairly common words, the ones that follow are rarer and might be new to you.

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What do you call a new word made by combining two other words?

New words can be formed by fusing parts of existing words – but what would you name such a neologism?

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What Do You Call A Word With Two Opposing Meanings?

‘Dust’ can mean to remove dust or add dust; ‘cleave’ can mean ‘split’ or ‘stick fast’: what do you call a word, like these, with two opposing meanings?

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What do you call someone who eats fish but not meat?

What do you someone who eats fish but not meat? No, it’s not the beginning to a riddle, but a genuine question – and there is a genuine answer!

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What Do You Call Words That Sound Like The Thing They Describe?

From crash to cock a doodle doo: what is the name for words that sound like the thing they describe, and how do they differ between languages?