He also replied to Jeff Grant's most recent Colloquy contribution, including a minor amplification of his note on alphabetic trigrams and tetragrams
Note particularly the final example in this list with the tetragram
You deduce the name of the 'short person' from the tetragram
plus a minimal clue.
But I do find my one name to be both a tetragram
and a word.
(Concise Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology, P-S Juo, 2001) Tetragrams
ABCD abcdarian see BCD BCDE Bcdef dubious surname listed 25+ times.
Excluding abbreviations, proper nouns and affixes, I answer the question for monograms to tetragrams
. I used only Collins Scrabble Diet.
4, Appendix D, "Tetragrams
Legal With Respect to Webster's International Dictionary Unabridged, Second Edition").
When in April 1969 I acquired from Ed Gilbert of Bell Labs a computer-generated list of all tetragrams
known to be in Webster's Second Edition, she quickly discovered that there were at least four words in Webster's with three consecutive identical letters: -OSSSH-, -ESSSH-, -ALLLE-, -CEEER-.
"OAP can be preceded by CDEFRS or T, or followed by BEFILMOPRSTW or Y, all forming legal tetragrams
in Webster's 2nd.
There are 24 vowel tetragrams
beginning with each of the 5 vowels, excluding tetragrams
with a repeated vowel.
In "Vowel Tetragrams
Revisited" in Nov 2003, Susan Thorpe inadvertently doubled an example for OOUO and UOUO, but omitted OOUUJ and UOUU.
Jeff Grant comments on "Vowel Tetragrams
Revisited" as follows: "Concerning the Angolan place-name with 9 consecutive vowels, I discovered CAUAIAUAIA while browsing the OSNG for Angola back in 1985, and advised the Guinness Book of Records (it is listed in the 1987 edition) and of course Word Ways (Feb 1986 Colloquy)."