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OAP: tale of a trigram.

This tale begins simply enough. Ray Love emailed me about a simple trigram, OAP. Ray asked me if I could come up with a word having the trigram in it. I immediately thought of SOAP. Then I wondered if there were any other common words with OAP in it. I asked Ray. He said he didn't know. An hour later, he emailed me this information about that trigram to me:
 You asked if I had found any other words with the trigram OAP in
them. Of
 course, SOAP has many extensions but it still has to do with SOAP. I
 spent an hour looking the other evening and found only one. That is
 verb COAPT and its noun COAPTATION. However, I'm not computer
 enough to know how to do a thorough search. It is an interesting and
 trigram. Perhaps you could challenge others to look. Like you wrote
 below, "...finding others might produce some interesting
results." Even
 capitalized words would be interesting. I'm washing my hands
clean of the
 whole thing--with soap. Ha. 

I wrote back to Ray:

"Very interesting about COAPT. I'll put it in as a challenge to the reader. I imagine Susan Thorpe might be able to turn up something. In fact, I'll forward\ this to her."

I wrote to Susan:

"Susan, can you find any words that have the OAP trigram in them? See Ray Love's email below."

Susan, under the title "MY SOAP OPERA," wrote:

"HYDROAPATITE is in the oed. Also in the oed are some 15+ OAP variant forms/obsolete words. Also some hyphenated words. There are 20+ OAP words in Hodge's American Indians, and a LOT of OAP places. Let me know if you want me to list all these words."

I didn't ask for the OAP words, but if the reader would like me to email Susan about it, please email me asking me to do so. Susan signed her email:

"Susan (a long time OAP)."

I then thought maybe Mr. Eckler (Ross, essay assessor) could shed some light on this trigram. I wrote and asked him, and he sent me this answer:

"OAP can be preceded by CDEFRS or T, or followed by BEFILMOPRSTW or Y, all forming legal tetragrams in Webster's 2nd. Some non-soap examples I found are pseudoapoplectic, proapproval, protoapostate and isoapiole. This leaves EOAP, OAPO and OAPP to be found."

I was relieved to hear that the tetragrams were legal, and that Ross wouldn't get arrested for sending them through the email system, but still the question basically remains unanswered: Is there a relatively common word other than SOAP that has OAP in it? Ross's legal tetragrams include PROAPPROVAL. Does that qualify as relatively common? I'd say the answer is noap.


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Title Annotation:KICKSHAWS
Author:Morice, Dave
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Date:May 1, 2010
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