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

 

Puzzle ID:#45785
Fun:**** (3.11)
Difficulty:** (1.83)
Category:Language
Submitted By:dalfamnestAnz*******

 

 

 



Which one of the following words does not belong with the other six?

Issue
Mishap
Parachute
Ocean
Semiconscious
Anxious
Mansion



Answer

Mishap is the misfit.

The other six words, and the three in the title, all contain the 'sh' sound - which is spelled in nine different ways!

Ironically, the word which does contain -sh- is not pronounced 'sh'!

'Schedule' would count as another spelling of the same sound, depending on which side of the Atlantic you studied!

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Comments

acornalicetau*
Nov 22, 2009

I loved this teaseer, so much fun

Hee hee
dragunlord13zw*
Nov 22, 2009

I LOOOOOVVVVEEE it!
MusiK*
Dec 27, 2009

I thought the pattern was that the second to last letter is a vowel...-_-"
crazy10manAus*
Dec 27, 2009

Great teaser!

Who knew there are 9 spelling variations of the "sh" sound?
catluvver010
Dec 27, 2009

I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
karenokupniakus*
Dec 27, 2009

The answer was pretty easy to figure out, but the teaser is very cleverly written. It would have been tough to come up with all the different ways to spell the "sh" sound.
patiencewithaP*us*
Dec 27, 2009

I'm impressed! Great teaser and fun!
auntiesisAus*
Dec 27, 2009

Love it, great teaser. Very clever.
EMB92*
Dec 27, 2009

I thought it was semiconscious, because it was the only one with more than one s-sounding thing. Great teaser!
UptheHillA*
Dec 27, 2009

Love it!!!
Johnny*us*
Jan 02, 2010

Very good
The answer is so simple and yet hard to figure out!
Marpleen*
Jan 10, 2010

Love it!!
dalfamnestAnz*
Jan 10, 2010

Happy New Year, everyone! Glad you're enjoying this little teaser. Language is really fun, isn't it - unless you're learning English, I suppose!
Babe*
Dec 27, 2012

marsha1948Aus*
Dec 27, 2012

A+ Lots of fun.
gaylewolfAus*
Dec 27, 2012

I liked this puzzle. I spoke each word out loud and got the right answer. Interesting that there are so many different ways to spell words with the same sound. Thanks for posting.
Maggiethe8th*us*
Dec 27, 2012

I enjoyed this! Didn't get it, as I was being obtuse enough to look for the answer from past puzzle styles... But now have another way to view things!
HABS2933Aca*
Dec 27, 2012

I too got it as I was reading the words aloud as I went. Not sure I would have without that.
English is very strange with the various ways certain letter combinations work together to make certain sounds. Using legitimate English letter groupings you could spell FISH as ghoti
gh as in touGH
o as in wOmen
ti as in naTIon

Other languages also have these irresistible but not so many I don't think.



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