I find language really interesting and yesterday something struck me which also appeals to the human desire to find patterns in things (see last entry for another mention of that).
I realised a while ago that P_T was an interesting letter combination as pat, pet, pit, pot and put are all English words. But I didn’t realise until last night that B_D also works along the same lines – and it got me thinking about how many such combinations of letters there are in English.
The two I find the most interesting are P_T and B_G because they don’t involve any unusual words at all. Ones such as H_T and D_N involve some slightly odd (but still valid) words.
So, the outstanding questions in my mind are – how many three letter combinations are there which work? (We have eleven so far) and what is the longest combination (We have P_TTING which feels a bit like a cheat – other than that, we have L_ST and a few others which are only four letters)
If you’re the kind of person who likes to think about this kinda stuff then do let me know at email@example.com if you find one longer than four letters which isn’t based directly on a three letter one – or if you can think of any more three letter ones. For completeness’ sake the ones we have thought of so far are listed below
b-g, p-t, b-d, h-t, b-t, m-d, t-n, d-n, p-p, t-g, h-m
d-ne, m-re, l-st, p-ck