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Consonant Strings

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:

CATCHPHRASE, KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Can you think of any more? There are quite a few.

2 Responses to “Consonant Strings”

  1. Abdulfatah says:

    Thank you,

    Really you have put vey ineresting subjects.

  2. Philip 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.

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