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A Happenchance Question

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.


Puzzle ID:#2183
Fun:*** (2.74)
Difficulty:*** (2.55)
Submitted By:Deucex2*****




What's so unique about the word "happenchance"?

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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:
hap·pen·chance [hápp'n chàns ] noun
See happenstance

[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 . Just because you can't find it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
May 14, 2002

good puzzle.
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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