A Happenchance Question
Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.
What's so unique about the word "happenchance"?
It's the longest word in the English language where each letter is used exactly twice.
Feb 04, 2002
|The above is a wrong statement. first,the word is spelled h-a-p-p-e-n-s-t-a-n-c-e. Second, the letter "h" is not used twice. Third, the word "immunofluorescence" is a longer word.|
Feb 27, 2002
|Let's see what the dictionary says about that:|
hapˇpenˇchance [hápp'n chŕns ] noun
[Mid-20th century. Alteration of happenstance.]
Therefore, the spelling is correct. I'm sure we could find words longer than "immunofluorescence" also. Look at the answer more carefully. "The 'longest word' in the English language 'where each letter' is used exactly twice."
Congrats Deuce x2.
Mar 28, 2002
|Immunofluorescence doesn't use the letter f twice.|
Apr 16, 2002
|Well I looked up in the dictionary and there was no such word as 'happenchance'|
May 14, 2002
|Arij, it's in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary at www.m-w.com . Just because you can't find it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.|
May 14, 2002
Aug 15, 2002
|duece no matter what they say it is an excellent teaser|
Apr 05, 2003
|Another good language teaser. If you wanted to be picky you could leave out the "so". Things are either unique or they're not.|
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