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Vowel-consonant patterns (Part 1).



In Vowel-Consonant Patterns (Word Ways 77221), Philip Cohen Sir Philip Cohen, FRS, FRSE (born 22 July 1945) is Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Education: Hendon County Grammar School, University College, London External links
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 presented a list of words based on 125 of the possible 128 ([2.sup.7]) 7-letter vowel-consonant (V-C) patterns. Somewhat belatedly, this has inspired me to undertake similar exercises for 8-letter words and 9-letter words. As Cohen's article appeared more than 25 years ago, before most of us were aquainted with Word Ways, I have also taken the liberty of repeating his 7-letter exercise, using different words wherever appropriate. Part 1 considers 7- and 8-letter words; Part 2 considers 9-letter words, and also analyses the patterns with regard to the number of words they form.

WORD SOURCES

Webster's Second and Third Editions are the preferred sources for the words in most of the articles and Colloquy col·lo·quy  
n. pl. col·lo·quies
1. A conversation, especially a formal one.

2. A written dialogue.



[From Latin colloquium, conversation; see
 items listed in History below, although other sources are usually allowed where no Websterian word is found. By way of contrast, the preferred source for my words is the Oxford English Dictionary Oxford English Dictionary

(OED) great multi-volume historical dictionary of English. [Br. Hist.: Caught in the Web of Words]

See : Lexicography
, Second Edition--head words, variant forms or text words including citations--and words derived from therein. These OED OED
abbr.
Oxford English Dictionary

Noun 1. OED - an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
O.E.D., Oxford English Dictionary
 words are unreferenced. Where no OED word is found, I admit other sources. In a few cases I use a word from, or reference to, one of the History items 1 to 8 below, in which case a superscript Any letter, digit or symbol that appears above the line. For example, 10 to the 9th power is written with the 9 in superscript (109). Contrast with subscript.  number indicates the item concerned.

References for non-OED words:

aae = California University California University can refer to:
  • California University of Pennsylvania in the Pittsburgh suburb of California, Pennsylvania.
The State of California runs two separate 4-year university systems:
  • University of California
  • California State University
 Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology ethnology (ĕthnŏl`əjē), scientific study of the origin and functioning of human cultures. It is usually considered one of the major branches of cultural anthropology, the other two being anthropological archaeology and  16.234; bae = The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomological en·to·mol·o·gy  
n.
The scientific study of insects.



ento·mo·log
 Society 37.320, 1978; bt = Bloomsbury Thesaurus, 1993; cad = Cooper's Archaic Dictionary, 1876; ch = Chambers English Dictionary; coll = Collins English Dictionary, 1998; dbs = The Dictionary of the Biological Sciences by Peter Gray, 1967; ebw = The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Butterfly World Butterfly World located in Coconut Creek Florida, is The Largest Butterfly Park in the World. It is the first park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The Aviary houses at minimum 3000 live butterflies. Up to 50 different species can be seen in one day.  by Paul Smart Paul Smart is an English motorcycle racer. He is famous for winning the Imola 200 in April 23, 1972, at age 29, with Ducati's new 750.[1] He raced in Grands Prix in the early 1970s, with second place results in 1971 in both the 350cc and 250cc categories, with Yamaha , 1975; gale = Grzimak's Animal Life Encyclopedia; gb = Bartholomew Gazetteer gazetteer (găz'ĭtēr`), dictionary or encyclopedia listing alphabetically the names of places, political divisions, and physical features of the earth and giving some information about each.  of Britain, 1977; gg = Genera genera, in taxonomy: see classification.  Graminum (Grasses of the World) by W.D. Clayton and S.A. Penvoize; Hod = Handbook of American Indians American Indians: see Americas, antiquity and prehistory of the; Natives, Middle American; Natives, North American; Natives, South American.  edited by F.W. Hodge, 1907; lo = Longmans Dictionary; lv = Language on Vacation by Dmitri Borgmannn, 1965; nwd = The New Welsh Dictionary, 1970; nz = Nomenclator no·men·cla·tor  
n.
One who assigns names, as in scientific classification.



[Latin nmencl
 Zoologicus; ospd = Official Scrabble Players Dictionary The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary or OSPD is a dictionary developed for use in the game Scrabble, by speakers of United States English. History
Creation
The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary was first published in 1987
; st = Stedman's Medical Dictionary A medical dictionary is a lexicon for words used in medicine. The three major English language medical dictionaries are Stedman's, Taber's, and Dorland's medical dictionaries. ; tf = Tertiary Faunas vol 1, 1971; wcd = Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Fifth Edition 1943; w2/w3 = Webster's Second/Third Edition; WW = Word Ways Italicised refs. are locations found in The United States Board on Geographic Names The United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is an American federal body whose purpose is to establish and maintain uniform usage of geographic names throughout the U.S. government. Overview
The Board was created in 1890; its present form derives from a law of 1947.
 (BGN BGN

In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Bulgarian Lev.

Notes:
The currency market, also known as the Foreign Exchange market, is the largest financial market in the world, with a daily average volume of over US $1 trillion.
): Alg = Algeria; Aus = Austria; Bul = Bulgaria; Bur=Burma; Cam = Cambodia; Chi = China; Con = Republic of the Congo; Cro = Croatia; Cyp = Cyprus; Cze = Czechoslovakia; Est = Estonia; FP = French Polynesia French Polynesia, officially Territory of French Polynesia, internally self-governing overseas country (2002 pop. 245,516) of France, consisting of 118 islands in the South Pacific. The capital is Papeete, on Tahiti. ; Fra = France; Gun = Guinea; Ino =Indonesia; IC = Ivory Coast Ivory Coast: see Côte d'Ivoire. ; Ita = Italy; Mal = Mall; Man = Mauritania; Mor = Morocco; Moz = Mozambique; Net = Nether- lands; PN = Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea (păp`ə, –y ; Phl = Philippines; Pol = Poland; Rom = Romania; Rus = Russia; Sen = Senegal; SA = South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. ; Syr = Syria; Tog = Togo; Tun TUN, measure. A vessel of wine or oil, containing four hogsheads.  = Tunisia; Ukr = Ukraine

HISTORY

Here is a brief resume of pertinent items which have appeared in previous issues of Word Ways. Several of them concentrate on V-C patterns which have an excess of Vs or an excess of Cs. In chronological order, the items are:

1. WW68138 Seven-Letter Words in which Dmitri Borgmann lists 7-letter words having an excess of Cs or Vs, specifically those with no more than 2 Vs (28 patterns) or no more than 2Cs (28 patterns) respectively. According to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 Cohen cohen
 or kohen

(Hebrew: “priest”) Jewish priest descended from Zadok (a descendant of Aaron), priest at the First Temple of Jerusalem. The biblical priesthood was hereditary and male.
, however, most of Borgmann's words were taken, without credit, from an article by Robert Hooke Noun 1. Robert Hooke - English scientist who formulated the law of elasticity and proposed a wave theory of light and formulated a theory of planetary motion and proposed the inverse square law of gravitational attraction and discovered the cellular structure of cork  (`Al Gebra') in the August 1949 issue of The Enigma.

2. WW69136 Vowel vowel

Speech sound in which air from the lungs passes through the mouth with minimal obstruction and without audible friction, like the i in fit. The word also refers to a letter representing such a sound (a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y).
 Language by Temple G. Porter is a crossword made of vowel-rich words.

3. WW70213 Six Vowels, Two Of The Other in which Darryl Francis looks for 8-letter words having 6Vs and 2Cs (28 patterns).

4. WW74140 Vowel Tetragrams by Darryl Francis includes several vowel-rich 8-letter words. More in Colloquy 74213 and 75021.

5. WW77221 Vowel-Consonant Patterns in which Philip Cohen looks for 7-letter words with each of the 128 possible V-C patterns. He also notes a few longer vowel-rich words.

6. WW85107 in Dutch Crow-Eggs by George J. Levenbach, we find KOEIEOOG (cow's eye), REEEEELT (a callus callus: see corns and calluses.
callus

In botany, soft tissue that forms over a wounded or cut plant surface, leading to healing. A callus arises from cells of the cambium.
 on a deer), UIEAAIER (onion-caresser), and KRAAIEEI (crow's egg), all 8-letter vowel-rich Dutch words.

7. WW2000236 Near-Alternating Vowels and Consonants in which Ross Eckler selects the 178 10-letter V-C patterns with no more than 2Cs or 2Vs in a run--as the most likely for which to find examples. He confines his search to Webster's Second Edition.

8. WW2001196 Dual Perms by Rex Gooch includes 8-letter transposals in which the position occupied by a vowel in one word is occupied by a consonant consonant

Any speech sound characterized by an articulation in which a closure or narrowing of the vocal tract completely or partially blocks the flow of air; also, any letter or symbol representing such a sound.
 in the other.

THE LETTER Y

The letter Y sometimes acts as a consonant, sometimes as a vowel. This often prompts Word Ways contributors to specify `Y is treated as a consonant' or `Y is treated as a vowel'. More often than not, we specify its treatment as a consonant simply because it suits us to do so and also because, subconsciously at least, it intrudes on our concept of a vowel, namely one of the 5 letters A, E, I, O and U. Perversely, Y acts as a vowel more often than as a consonant. In the History items above, Borgmann (1) treats Y as a consonant whilst Francis (3) treats it as a vowel. Cohen (5) only admits Y in a strictly vocalic vo·cal·ic  
adj.
1. Containing, marked by, or consisting of vowels.

2. Of, relating to, or having the nature of a vowel.



vo·cal
 capacity, and then only if no better word can be found. In the current article I don't admit Y in either capacity. Perhaps Tennyson was sending we contributors a message in his Charge of the Light Brigade Charge of the Light Brigade

Russians massacre English cavalry at Balaklava (1854). [Eur. Hist.: NCE, 212; Br. Lit.: Benét, 186]

See : Massacre


Charge of the Light Brigade
 when he said "Their's not to reason why ..."

THE PATTERNS

A single example is provided for each of the patterns wherever possible. Palindromes, tautonyms The following is a list of tautonyms: taxonomic names in which the genus and species names are the same. These are allowed in zoology, but not in botany, where the genus and species names must differ (though differences as small as one letter are permitted, as in the Jujube , and phrases are excluded. Gaps indicate patterns for which no word was found. Patterns beginning with a consonant are referred to as C patterns, and those beginning with a vowel as V patterns.

Italicised patterns denote those for which 1 to 5 words were found.

Underlined patterns denote those for which 1000+ words were found.

Asterisked * patterns denote a palindromic pal·in·dro·mic
adj.
Relapsing; recurring.
 or tautonymic V-C arrangement.

The lists read across the pages.
VOWEL-CONSONANT PATTERNS IN 7-LETTER WORDS (128 = [2.sup.7] patterns)

Cohen (5) found words for all 64 C patterns, and for 61 of the 64 V
patterns. I present a largely different list, and fill two of the
three missing V patterns leaving vCCCCCC waiting to be filled.

7-LETTER C PATTERNS

CCCCCCC *   LLWCHW[R.sup.5]
CCCCCvv     SHTCHE[E.sup.5]
CCCCvvC     SCHMEER
CCCvCCv     SCRUPLE
CCCvvCC     THROUGH
CCCvvvv     STRAUUE
CCvCCvC     RHOMBUS
CCvCvCv     CHARADE
CCvvCCC     THOUGHT
CCvvCvv     PRAIRIE
CCvvvvC     PLOUIER
CvCCCCv     NAPHTHA
CvCCvCC     NETWORK
CvCCvvv     POMPEII
CvCvCvC *   LEXICON
CvCvvCv     BEHEADS
CvvCCCC     WEIGHTS
CvvCCvv     TOURNEE
CvvCvvC *   LEAGUES
CvvvCCv     SEEABLE
CvvvvCC     GOOIEST (coll)
Cvvvvvv     ZOUOUIA (Mor)
CCCCCCv     THRWSSE
CCCCvCC     SCHLOSS
CCCCvvv     VNGRAUE
CCCvCvC     PHRASES
CCCvvCv     SCROOGE
CCvCCCC     KNIGHTS
CCvCCvv     SHAMPOO
CCvCvvC     PRONOUN
CCvvCCv     TREACLE
CCvvvCC *   SHOEING
CCvvvvv     CLAIEIE
CvCCCvC *   PANGRAM
CvCCvCv     BUFFALO
CvCvCCC     DELIGHT
CvCvCvv     FATIGUE
CvCvvvC     CURIOUS
CvvCCCv     MAESTRO
CvvCvCC     MEANING
CvvCvvv     NOUVEAU
CvvvCvC     LIAISON
CvvvvCv     REUEALE
CCCCCvC     CWMBRAN
CCCCvCv     SCHRENE
CCCvCCC *   STRINGS
CCCvCvv     SCRAPIE
CCCvvvC     THREIES
CCvCCCv     CHUCKLE
CCvCvCC *   PROVERB
CCvCvvv     SPIRAEA
CCvvCvC     SPOONER
CCvvvCv     SQUEEZ[E.sup.5]
CvCCCCC     DIRNDLS
CvCCCvv     MORPHIA
CvCCvvC     WORDIER
CvCvCCv     GORILLA
CvCvvCC     FOREIGN
CvCvvvv     SEQUOI[A.sup.5]
CvvCCvC     DOUBLET
CvvCvCv     COINAGE
CvvvCCC     COOINGS
CvvvCvv     SUOIDEA (gale)
CvvvvvC *   MIAOUED[(wcd).sup.5]

7-LETTER V PATTERNS

vvvvvvv *   OIOUEA[E.sup.2]
vvvvvCC     AEAEANS[(w2).sup.5]
vvvvCCv     AIOURNE
vvvCvvC     AEONIAN
vvvCCvv     IOUKRIE
vvvCCCC     OUACHRD(Mor)
vvCvvCv     AUREOLE
vvCvCvC     AEROBIC
vvCCvvv     EUPNOEA
vvCCvCC     AUGMENT
vvCCCCv     AESCHNA (ch)
vCvvvvC     AQUEOU[S.sup.5]
vCvvCvv     AQUARIA
vCvvCCC     UNEARTH
vCvCvCv *   ANIMATE
vCvCCvC     UTENSIL
vCCvvvv     AGREEUE
vCCvvCC     INQUEST
vCCvCCv *   ENHANCE
vCCCvvC     APPLAUD
vCCCCvv     ELSTREE
vCCCCCC
vvvvvvC     IUAEIEN
vvvvCvv     EUAEMI[A.sup.5]
vvvvCCC     AUOUGHS
vvvCvCv     OUURAGE
vvvCCvC     IOUGLER
vvCvvvv     OUTAOUI[(Mor).sup.5]
vvCvvCC     OILIEST
vvCvCCv     AUDIBLE
vvCCvvC     AUCTION
vvCCCvv *   AINTREE
vvCCCCC     EIGHTH[S.sup.5]
vCvvvCv *   EQUIAXE
vCvvCvC     EQUATOR
vCvCvvv     EVACUEE
vCvCvCC     ITALICS
vCvCCCv     EXAMPLE
vCCvvvC     ENVIOUS
vCCvCvv     EMPORIA
vCCvCCC     EXTINCT
vCCCvCv     ATHLETE
vCCCCvC     UNSCREW
vvvvvCv     OUAOURI (Mor)
vvvvCvC     IAIOLER
vvvCvvv *   OUABAI[O.sup.5]
vvvCvCC     AEONIST
vvvCCCv     IOOMBLE
vvCvvvC     AERIOUS
vvCvCvv *   AUTOCUE
vvCvCCC     AIRINGS
vvCCvCv     AIRLINE
vvCCCvC     EARTHED
vCvvvvv     ARAOUIA[(Mor).sup.5]
vCvvvCC     EPEEIST
vCvvCCv     AMIABLE
vCvCvvC     EROSION
vCvCCvv     INERTIA
vCvCCCC     AMONGST
vCCvvCv     OBVIATE
vCCvCvC     APRICOT
vCCCvvv     IMPROUE
vCCCvCC     OSTRICH
vCCCCCv *   ARCHDDU(place)

VOWEL-CONSONANT PATTERNS IN 8-LETTER WORDS (256 = [2.sup.8] patterns)
Words were found for 126 of the 128 C patterns, and for 123 of the
128 V patterns.

8-LETTER C PATTERNS

CCCCCCCC *   CWMFFRWD(nwd)
CCCCCCvv
CCCCCvvC     PWNCHEON
CCCCvCCv     SCHRIMPE
CCCCvvCC     SCHNOOKS
CCCCvvvv
CCCvCCvC     CHRISTEN
CCCvCvCv     CHLORINE
CCCvvCCC *   STRAIGHT
CCCvvCvv     SCHOOLIE
CCCvvvvC     CHLEOUAT (Mor)
CCvCCCCv     TRINCKLE
CCvCCvCC *   CHAMBERS
CCvCCvvv     DRAMBUIE
CCvCvCvC     PHONETIC
CCvCvvCv     PTOMAINE
CCvvCCCC     THOUGHTS
CCvvCCvv *   WHOOPSIE
CCvvCvvC     CROUPIER
CCvvvCCv     CREAUNCE
CCvvvvCC *   CLEEUERS
CCvvvvvv     GRIOUIOU (Mor)
CvCCCCvC *   KICKSHAW
CvCCCvCv     FILTRATE
CvCCvCCC     PATTERNS
CvCCvCvv     FORMULAE
CvCCvvvC     GORGEOUS
CvCvCCCv     RESEMBLE
CvCvCvCC     LIMERICK
CvCvCvvv     MINUTIAE
CvCvvCvC *   ZODIACAL
CvCvvvCv     RADIOIZE
CvvCCCCC     HEIGHTHS
CvvCCCvv     SEAMFREE
CvvCCvvC *   QUESTION
CvvCvCCv     QUOTABLE
CvvCvvCC     HEAVIEST
CvvCvvvv     MEULEUEE
CvvvCCvC     QUAINTER
CvvvCvCv     MEIOCENE
CvvvvCCC     COUEISTS
CvvvvCvv     CAUEAREE
CvvvvvvC *   REUIUOUR
CCCCCCCv     SCHTSCHI
CCCCCvCC     VTTRMEST
CCCCCvvv     CHHNGAEU(Cam)
CCCCvCvC     CHTHONIC
CCCCvvCv     SCHRIEVE
CCCvCCCC     STRENGTH
CCCvCCvv     STRUTHIO
CCCvCvvC     SPLENOID
CCCvvCCv     SCROUNGE
CCCvvvCC     SPREEING
CCCvvvvv     SCREAUUA
CCvCCCvC *   PROMPTED
CCvCCvCv     FRACTURE
CCvCvCCC     TWILIGHT
CCvCvCvv     CRITIQUE
CCvCvvvC     STUDIOUS
CCvvCCCv     SQUIGGLE
CCvvCvCC     THEORIST
CCvvCvvv     CLOUSEAU
CCvvvCvC     SQUEALED
CCvvvvCv     TRAUAILE
CvCCCCCC     FISCHSCH
CvCCCCvv     CONSTRUE
CvCCCvvC     MISCHIEF
CvCCvCCv     MULTIPLE
CvCCvvCC     LINGUIST
CvCCvvvv     DESCEIUE
CvCvCCvC     LIPOGRAM
CvCvCvCv *   LITERATE
CvCvvCCC     RESEARCH
CvCvvCvv     DETAINEE
CvCvvvvC     HAREIOUS
CvvCCCCv     COURSCHE
CvvCCvCC     YOURSELF
CvvCCvvv     COUSTEAU
CvvCvCvC     DIAGONAL
CvvCvvCv     DIAPAUSE
CvvvCCCC     RAUASCHT
CvvvCCvv     FEEOFFEE
CvvvCvvC     BEAUTIED
CvvvvCCv     COUUERTE
CvvvvvCC     QUEUEING
Cvvvvvvv     HAOUAOUI(Mor)
CCCCCCvC     THRWNTER
CCCCCvCv     HWKSTARE
CCCCvCCC     SCHNAPPS
CCCCvCvv     SCHKAGUE(Hod)
CCCCvvvC     PHTHIOIC
CCCvCCCv *   SCRABBLE
CCCvCvCC     PHRASING
CCCvCvvv     SCHIZAEA (w2)
CCCvvCvC     THREATEN
CCCvvvCv     SCRIVANO
CCvCCCCC     TWELFTHS
CCvCCCvv     TROCHLEA
CCvCCvvC     FRONTIER
CCvCvCCv     CHARISMA
CCvCvvCC     CHEQUERS
CCvCvvvv     BRODIAEA[(w2).sup.4]
CCvvCCvC     PREACHER
CCvvCvCv     BREAKAGE
CCvvvCCC     TRIEUMPH
CCvvvCvv     SQUEEGEE
CCvvvvvC     SLEAUUOL
CvCCCCCv     WOSCHSSE
CvCCCvCC *   PUZZLING
CvCCCvvv     BUDDLEIA
CvCCvCvC     COMPUTER
CvCCvvCv     DORMOUSE
CvCvCCCC     GALUMPHS
CvCvCCvv     DISAGREE
CvCvCvvC     DIVISION
CvCvvCCv     SEQUENCE
CvCvvvCC     CANOEIST
CvCvvvvv     BEQUEAUE
CvvCCCvC     POUCHFUL
CvvCCvCv     JAUNDICE
CvvCvCCC     DIADELPH
CvvCvCvv     DIALOGUE
CvvCvvvC     CAESIOUS
CvvvCCCv     NOUEMBRE
CvvvCvCC     MIAOWING
CvvvCvvv *   BEAULIEU
CvvvvCvC     GUAIACIN
CvvvvvCv     ZAAOUATA(Mor)

8-LETTER V PATTERNS

vvvvvvvv *
vvvvvvCC     OUAOUARG(Mor)
vvvvvCCv     OUAOUCHA(Mor)
vvvvCvvC     IEIUNIUM
vvvvCCvv     IUUENTEE
vvvvCCCC
vvvCvvCv     IEALOUSE
vvvCvCvC     IAIVELIN
vvvCCvvv *   OUACHAOU(Mor)
vvvCCvCC     EUECTICS
vvvCCCCv     UAAKKNMA(Ukr)
vvCvvvvC     OUTOUAI[S.sup.3]
vvCvvCvv *   IULOIDEA (w2)
vvCvvCCC     AUDIENTS
vvCvCvCv     OOLOGIZE
vvCvCCvC     AUTUMNAL
vvCCvvvv     AISSAOU[A.sup.3]
vvCCvvCC *   EARLIEST
vvCCvCCv     AIGRETTE
vvCCCvvC     EIGHTEEN
vvCCCCvv *   AUGSTSEE(Aus)
vvCCCCCC     AARRGHHS(ospd)
vCvvvvCv *   EGUEIITE (w2)
vCvvvCvC     ISOIONIC
vCvvCvvv     ABOITEAU
vCvvCvCC     IDEALISM
vCvvCCCv     AGAINSTE
vCvCvvvC     EXIGUOUS
vCvCvCvv     EPILOGUE
vCvCvCCC     ISOMORPH
vCvCCvCv *   OVERTURE
vCvCCCvC     EVENTFUL
vCCvvvvv     EZZAOUIA (Mor)
vCCvvvCC     ACQUAINT
vCCvvCCv *   AMBIENCE
vCCvCvvC     ADDITION
vCCvCCvv     INSIGNIA
vCCvCCCC     ADJUNCTS
vCCCvvCv     INCREASE
vCCCvCvC     ORTHODOX
vCCCCvvv     ONTCHOUO(Con)
vCCCCvCC     ABSTRACT
vCCCCCCv *   ULTSCHNA (Hod)
vvvvvvvC     AIAOUAIS[(Hod).sup.2]
vvvvvCvv     EOOAIGE[E.sup.2]
vvvvvCCC
vvvvCvCv     OUUERAGE
vvvvCCvC     AUAUNCES
vvvCvvvv     OUAMOUIA(nz)
vvvCvvCC     OUIGOURS
vvvCvCCv     UIOLENCE
vvvCCvvC     AUENTOUR
vvvCCCvv     AUOWTRIE
vvvCCCCC
vvCvvvCv *   IANIUERE
vvCvvCvC     AUREOLIN
vvCvCvvv     EIRONEIA
vvCvCvCC     EERINESS
vvCvCCCv     IACINTHE
vvCCvvvC     AESTUOUS
vvCCvCvv     EUPHORIA
vvCCvCCC     OUTRIGHT
vvCCCvCv     OOSPHERE
vvCCCCvC     EARLSHIP
vCvvvvvv     INOEIOIO(Moz)
vCvvvvCC     OBEIAUNS
vCvvvCCv     AQUIESCE
vCvvCvvC     EQUATION
vCvvCCvv     ARAIGNEE
vCvvCCCC     UNEARTHS
vCvCvvCv     INITIATE
vCvCvCvC *   ESOTERIC
vCvCCvvv     APATHEIA
vCvCCvCC     ISOTHERM
vCvCCCCv     AFERSCHE
vCCvvvvC     ANNOIOUS
vCCvvCvv     ILLOOPOO
vCCvvCCC     UNLEARNT
vCCvCvCv     EXPOSURE
vCCvCCvC     ACROSTIC
vCCCvvvv     INGREEUE
vCCCvvCC     ALTHOUGH
vCCCvCCv     EXCHANGE
vCCCCvvC     OFFSHOOT
vCCCCCvv     AZGDNDIA(Tun)
vCCCCCCC
vvvvvvCv     OUAOUILA(Mor)
vvvvvCvC     OIOEIDES (ch)
vvvvCvvv     OUIANAIA(Mal)
vvvvCvCC     IUIEMONT
vvvvCCCv     AUUERGNE
vvvCvvvC *   IEALIOUS
vvvCvCvv     UUESULAE
vvvCvCCC     AEONISTS
vvvCCvCv     AUENTURE
vvvCCCvC     IOUSTLES
vvCvvvvv     AETAEAE[I.sup.2]
vvCvvvCC     IOWAIANS
vvCvvCCv     AUDIENCE
vvCvCvvC     EUROPEAN
vvCvCCvv     AUTOPSIA
vvCvCCCC     IACINTHS
vvCCvvCv     AESTUATE
vvCCvCvC     OUTLINED
vvCCCvvv     IERDSEIE
vvCCCvCC     EARTHISH
vvCCCCCv     AISCHCHA(Rus)
vCvvvvvC     AGAIOUAR(Mor)
vCvvvCvv *   EQUOIDEA (tf)
vCvvvCCC     EPEEISTS
vCvvCvCv     EQUALIZE
vCvvCCvC     ORIENTAL
vCvCvvvv     EPOPOEIA
vCvCvvCC     ELOQUENT
vCvCvCCv     UNIVERSE
vCvCCvvC     ADOPTION
vCvCCCvv     URETHRAE
vCvCCCCC     ABOWGHTS
vCCvvvCv     INQUEERE
vCCvvCvC     OPTIONAL
vCCvCvvv     ASSAGAIE
vCCvCvCC     IRRITANT
vCCvCCCv     ASSEMBLE
vCCCvvvC     UNCTUOUS
vCCCvCvv     INTRIGUE
vCCCvCCC *   INSTINCT
vCCCCvCv     INSCRIBE
vCCCCCvC     ANGSTROM


PATTERNS SHARED

In Near-Alternating Vowels and [Consonants.sup.7], Ross Eckler cites the apposite ap·po·site  
adj.
Strikingly appropriate and relevant. See Synonyms at relevant.



[Latin appositus, past participle of app
 EISENHOWER and AUTOCRATIC as sharing the same V-C pattern vvCvCCvCvC. Amongst 7-letter words, I discovered that HAVANAS and CIGARED both have the pattern CvCvCvC. This same pattern forms the basis of a group of mathematical words ... COSINES, DECIMAL, DIVIDED, DIVISOR divisor - A quantity that evenly divides another quantity.

Unless otherwise stated, use of this term implies that the quantities involved are integers. (For non-integers, the more general term factor may be more appropriate.)

Example: 3 is a divisor of 15.
, FIGURES, HEXAGON, MINUSES, NUMERAL numeral, symbol denoting anumber. The symbol is a member of a family of marks, such as letters, figures, or words, which alone or in a group represent the members of a numeration system.  ...and a pair of near synonyms: DEDUCED, LOGICAL
Readers will also be familiar with these 7-letter words:

CvCvCvC   CAPITAL, LEXICON, LITERAL, SIMILES, VOCALIC
CvCvCCv   BALANCE, CADENCE, CEDILLA
CvCCvCC   BIGRAMS, CASSELL, COLLINS, LADDERS, LETTERS, NETWORK,
          NUMBERS, PATTERN
vCvCvCC   ITALICS, EDITING
vCvCCCv   EPISTLE, EXAMPLE

Amongst 8-letter words, ANGLICAN and ORTHODOX both have the pattern
vCCCvCvC, and DIVORCES and FINISHED both have the pattern CvCvCCvC.
Other groups include:

CvCvCvCv   DATABASE, GENITIVE, VOWELIZE
CCvCvCvC   CHARADES, CLERIHEW, MNEMONIC, PHONETIC, RHOPALIC
CvCvCCvC   LIPOGRAM, MALAPROP, METAPHOR, REVERSAL
CvCvCvCC   DECODING, DOCUMENT, LIMERICK
CCvCCvCC   SHIFTING, SNOWBALL, SPELLING, TRIGRAMS
CvCCCvCC   PANGRAMS, PUZZLING, MISPRINT, WEBSTERS, WORDLESS
CvCCvCvC   COMPUTER, MATRICES, PENTAGON, SINGULAR
vCCvCCvC   ACROSTIC, ANTIGRAM
vCCvCvCv   APPOSITE, OBSOLETE
vCCvCvCC   APHORISM, ASTERISK, INDEXING


OPPOSING PATTERNS

Each C-V C-V Capacitance-Voltage
C-V Schedule V Controlled Substance (USA) 
 pattern has its opposing V-C pattern in which a C in one word is represented by a V in the other and vice versa VICE VERSA. On the contrary; on opposite sides. . Appropriately, word pairs based on these opposing V-C patterns can have antonymic, or near antonymic, meanings:
7 letters:
CvCvCvC--vCvCvCv   LOWERED--ELEVATE, FOREVER--EPISODE, BOTANIC--
                   ANIMATE, RELATES--EVASIVE, SIMILAR--UNALIKE,
                   NOTICES--UNAWARE, DISUSED--UTILIZE
CvvCvvC--vCCvCCv   CAUTION--ADVANCE, WEENIER--IMMENSE

8 letters:

CvCvCvCC--vCvCvCvv FOREWARD--EPILOGUE


Words based on opposing patterns sometimes make phrases, as with this 7-letter example: CvvCvCv--vCCvCvC LEISURE ARCADES

These same two patterns are responsible for he who IMBIBES the OPTIMUM MEASURE of ALCOHOL.

The reader might like to try another exercise--searching for pairs of words with back to front V-C patterns such as ANAGRAM anagram [Gr.,=something read backward], rearrangement of the letters of a word or words to make another word or other words. A famous Latin anagram was an answer made out of a question asked by Pilate.  (vCvCCvC) and SURNAME (CvCCvCv).
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