Words, Words, Words

It’s not been a terribly productive week, honestly. You know how it is – some weeks you’re on fire and can’t do enough, while other weeks it’s just… bluh.

Fortunately, I have the Reddit calligraphy community, and they have a regular Word of the Day so that I can at least get some practice done with a modicum of good conscience. Mind you, these are usually the first things I do in the evening, so they’re not always as good as they could be, but I thought I’d share – especially since the words of the last week or so have been more about the letters than the words themselves. For example:

Cabbaged
With 8 letters and together with “fabaceae,” they are the longest English words that are playable on an instrument.

So, here’s what I do when I can’t think of anything else to do. Enjoy!

Aegilops
The longest English word, with 8 letters, that is arranged in alphabetical order.
The longest English word, with 9 letters, that has a reversed alphabetical order.
The longest English word, with 9 letters, that has a reversed alphabetical order.
When written in all capitals, it is, together with the word "cimicid", the longest word you can make from the Roman numerals. Both are 7 letters long.
When written in all capitals, it is, together with the word “cimicid”, the longest word you can make from the Roman numerals. Both are 7 letters long.
The longest English word, with 18 letters, that lacks descenders, ascenders and dots.
The longest English word, with 18 letters, that lacks descenders, ascenders and dots.
Together with the word 'hillypilly', the longest words that consist of letters that only have ascenders, descenders and dots.
Together with the word ‘hillypilly’, the longest words that consist of letters that only have ascenders, descenders and dots.
Together with 'misconjugatedly' and 'dermatoglyphics', the longest words in which no letter appears more than once. Even longer is 'subdermatoglyphic', but also too rare. These words are called isograms.
Together with ‘misconjugatedly’ and ‘dermatoglyphics’, the longest words in which no letter appears more than once. Even longer is ‘subdermatoglyphic’, but it’s too rare. These words are called isograms.
The longest English word, with 16 letters, in which each letter appears at least twice.
The longest English word, with 16 letters, in which each letter appears at least twice.
With 16 letters, the longest word in which every letter is used exactly twice.
With 16 letters, the longest word in which every letter is used exactly twice.

Also, as a note – I’ll be doing my best to note which inks I use on pieces, since it has been brought to my attention that people, y’know, care.

Do you have any favorite practice words? Throw ’em in the comments!

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