Normally, every syllable in English must have at least one vowel (or vowel sound). So it’s quite surprising to think that there are words with 5 or more consonants in a row.
Here are a few words with 5-letter consonant strings:
BIRTHPLACE, BREASTSTROKE, DOWNSTREAM, EIGHTHS, MATCHSTICK, NIGHTCLOTHES, NIGHTCLUB, NIGHTDRESS, STRENGTHS, THOUSANDTHS
Here are two words with 6 consonants in a row:
Can you think of any more? There are quite a few.
By Josef Essberger for EnglishClub November 2007
Josef started teaching English as a foreign language in 1991 and founded EnglishClub for learners and teachers in 1997.
Dominic de Takats says:
RHYTHM, that’s a 6’er!
BTW, thank you for the post, I came across it whilst Googling for words with 5 or more consonants. I am working on a spam filter and I need a list of “safe” words to check against. Ta.
Really you have put vey ineresting subjects.