# Thread: What is the longest English word that can be entered into a text message...

1. ## What is the longest English word that can be entered into a text message...

...using only the first letters available on each button.

i.e. the only letters allowed are A, D, G, J, M, P, T and W.

Clue - there are two possible six-letter solutions.

clop

2. 8 letters per space, and 6 spaces. 8^6 possible combinations, quite a few too many to simply list an guess.

So I'll assume that the first letter is not an 'A', but that the second letter is. That makes it... 8^4 * 7 possible combinations, still far too many.

If I then assume that the last letter won't be an 'A', I get
8^3 * 7^2 still far, far too many.

I don't think I'm going to be able to solve this with a list of possible choices any time soon.

3. pajama
pawpaw

4. Um, I've seen "tom-tom" written as "tam-tam" before.

Here's a list of all letter combinations -- under one page of code to generate them. (Three cheers for Prolog!)

http://web.unbc.ca/~mcnamarg/words.zip

Code if you'd rather generate your own:
%
% letpuz.pl
% To get 6 letter combinations, call getSolutions(6,myfile).

getSolutions(Length, Filename) :-
tell(Filename),
writeSolutions(Length),
!,
told.

writeSolutions(M) :-
solution(M, S),
writeSol(S),
nl,
fail.
writeSolutions(_).

solution(0,[]) :- !.
solution(N, [Let|R]) :-
letter(Let),
M is N-1,
solution(M, R).

writeSol([]).
writeSol([A|R]) :-
write(A),
!,
writeSol(R).

letter(a).
letter(d).
letter(g).
letter(j).
letter(m).
letter(p).
letter(t).
letter(w).

5. 01101001 how did you do it?

clop

6. Originally Posted by clop
01101001 how did you do it?
Unix tools.

7. that is amazing

8. Wagamama

(Just be patient. It's only a matter of time before it finds its way into the OED!)

9. I have an English dictionary that includes the word "mata-mata," although it is a hyphenated word. Apparently, it is used to mean "police" in Malaysia.

I hate the spelling "pajama." It confuses and infuriates me.

10. Originally Posted by Eroica
Wagamama

(Just be patient. It's only a matter of time before it finds its way into the OED!)
Hey! i've got one of those about a mile away in Kingston. Only been once but the food was good

11. A, D, G, J, M, P, T and W? In Dutch, we can do better than 6. No program, just trial and error, gives me at least 7: