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30 May 2019

We’ve talked a little bit before here on HH about words that have no repeated letters. They’re called isograms, and alongside some fairly familiar examples (binoculars, troublemaking, unproblematic, blacksmith) the longest English isograms contain 15 non-repeated letters, with words like u...

25 Aug 2018

Facts about wordplay always go well on HH, and today was by no means an exception. So, with more than 2,000 of you enjoying the fact, here’s a bit more about grammagrams.

As we explained over on Twitter, a grammagram is a word that can be “expressed phonetically” (i.e. pronounced) as a string of sing...

If you follow HH on Instagram, you’ll have spotted this fact the other day: 

As word trivia go, the fact that 10-letter typewriter is one of the longest top-row “typewriter words” in the dictionary is a fairly well known one. Less well known are the other examples we included in that post: repertoire...

Seemingly, there is a species of moth native to Venezuela, the taxonomic name of which is Eubetia bigauli—or “you betcha, by golly”. 

For the uninitiated in the world of taxonomic nomenclatural wordplay (a minority, surely), here’s a quick brief. 

Every species in the world has a two-part sc...

18 Jan 2018

If you follow Haggard Hawks on Instagram these days, earlier this week you might have spotted the fact that the most productive set of letters in a game of Scrabble is AEINRST, which can be used to spell at least nine 7-letter words:

But there’s a few things to clarify here. First of all, those words...

22 Nov 2017

A new word to add to our ever-lengthening list of Words That Are A Lot More Interesting Than They Seem popped up on HH this week: when written in a circle, the word sensuousnesses can be read both clockwise and anticlockwise. 

In answer to a few questions that followed this tweet, alas, this particul...

20 Nov 2017

Back in February, a perfect 9 × 9 word square—apparently the largest possible in the English language—cropped up on the HH feed.

This fact turned out to be one of the week’s most popular, but raised a few questions about the meanings of the words involved, what precisely a “perfect” word square entai...

14 Nov 2017

Every so often on HH, a tweet about words containing impressively lengthy strings of consecutive letters of the alphabet will appear. So feedback contains all the letters from A to F. Jasminelike contains the letters IJKLMN. Kleptomania and sportsmanlike both contain KLMNOP. And liverwurst cont...

17 Oct 2017

A curious bit of wordplay cropped up on HH this week, namely the fact that an Agamemnon word is one built from three sets of palindromic letters, AGA–MEM–NON:

Agamemnon was a king of Mycenae and the leader of the Greeks during the Trojan War. The origin of his name is something of a mystery, with one...

16 Oct 2017

Of all the tweets over on HH this week, the fact that the sentence “Leave Ellen alone, venom enemy” forms a perfect word square—readable both horizontally and vertically—when written one word atop the other ended the week as the most popular:

HH has tweeted about word squares once before, when a...

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