Wednesday, 18 July 2007


David Crystal's new book, By Hook or By Crook: A Journey In Search of English, contains a note on isogrammatic place names. An isogram is a word in which each letter appears only once. After a lot of searching, he came across Bricklehampton, a small village in Worcestershire. He writes, "Its 14 letters make it the longest such name in the [English] language. Maybe there's a place in the middle of Canada or Australia that beats Bricklehampton, but I haven't yet found it." Over to you ...

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