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The long and the short of it.

The Long And The Short Of It is devoted to long and short vowel sounds of the same vowel, in various guises. No extraneous vowels are allowed. Long vowel sounds are underlined; short vowel sounds are italicised.

Almost all the words can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary 2nd. Ed. and conform to the phonetics therein.

PHONETIC SYMBOLS USED FOR A, E, I, O AND U

short vowel sounds:

ae (as in CAN, WAAL, YAAS, LAUGH, DRAUGHT)

I (as in FIG, BISCUIT, WI LLIES)

[??] (as in PLUS, ROUGH, BLOOD)

e (as in BET, GUESS, FAIT {pron. FET} accompli, HEAD, RAIE)

[??] (as in DOLL, TROUGH)

long vowel sounds:

eI (as in BASS, GAIT, VEIN, BRAE, GAOL)

i: (as in BE, FLEA, BEEN, BRIEF, CEIL, BLAE, DIX)

aI (as in FIND, DIE, GNEISS, TAI)

[??] (as in GO, FOE, BEAU, COAT, SOUL, BAUD)

ju: (as in MU, DUE, FEUD, QUEUE, LIEU)

The above words use only vowels to make long and short vowel sounds but long vowel sounds can also be made from adjacent vowel/consonant mixes.

eI (as in EH, SLEIGH, DEIGN, WEGHT)

i: (as in LEIGH--surname, LEGH)

aI (as in HEIGHT, SIGH) SCEAUX)

[??] (as in SEW, BOWL, OH, DOUGH,

ju: (as in STEW, VIEW)

SHORT VOWEL SOUNDS

the same single letter represents the same short vowel sound

AFGHAN HANDCLAP ANTRAX PHALANX JACKASS

EFFECT TENREC--an insectivorous mammal EGGSHELL

IMPRINT FINISH DISTRICT INFILLING VISITING DIMINISHING MISSISSIPPI SIGILLISTIC--pertaining to seals PRIMITIVISTIC

OBLONG ONCOST ONDOL--Korean form of domestic heating

HUBBUB SUNUP DUMBSTRUCK UNSUNG MUCKLUCK NUMSKULL

2 different single letters represent the same short vowel sound

JIFFY SKIMPY SIXTY SILLY PYRRHIC CYRILLIC CYLINDRIC SICILY MIMICRY INDIVISIBILITY MIDGET FIDGET WIDGET

3 different single letters represent the same short vowel sound

FIDGETY WITCHETTY--name of a grub CICELY--various umbelliferous plants CLINKETY KITCHENY SYNTHESIS INDEFINITY IMBECILITY INFELICITY BUSYING BUSYISH

the same short vowel sound is represented both by a single letter and by a group of 2 vowels

BACK-DRAUGHT

WELL-READ BEDSPREAD

INBUILT BISCUIT WILLIES INDIE

HOG-TROUGH COUGHDROP

UNROUGH BLOOD-SUCK

LONG VOWEL SOUNDS

the same single letter represents the same long vowel sound

MALA fide EWE (pronounced AWA)--an African language MTEPE (pron. MTAPA)--East African sailing craft

MEZE (pron. MAZA)--type of hors-d'oeuvres REGGE (pron. RAGGA)-- an Italian physicist

THEBE (pron. THABA)--a currency unit of Botswana KERES (pron. KARAS)--a Pueblo Indian people

HEBE FIJI IVI (pron. EVE)--the Tahitian chestnut

ITI--Italian HIFI NISI--decree nisi GLYCYL--univalent radical derived from glycine

POLO KOMODO COCOBOLO--a central American tree

2 different single letters represent the same long vowel sound

VADE

VICHY PEWIT ELY--Cathedral

IDRYL--a chemical IDYL--type of short poem THYMI--pi. thymus VINYL

the same long vowel sound is represented both by a single letter and y more than one letter

A-TRAIN--satellite constellation

REHEAT DEBRIEF SPECIES MESEEMS TEPEE

HINDSIGHT SKYLIGHT

OBOE COCOA GO-SLOW

JUDEW

the same long vowel sound is represented twice by more than one letter

RAILWAY HAYWAIN LAISSEZ HEYDAY MAIGRET STRAIGHTWAY

EASTLEIGH SEAWEED

EYETIE EYEBRIGHT PIE-EYED

ROW-BOAT GO-SLOW

... and by the same letter group: MAINTAIN SIEGFRIED EINSTEIN OWN- GROWN JEWMEW

LONG AND SHORT VOWEL SOUNDS

the same single letter represents both long and short vowel sounds

ABAC--an alignment chart ABRAM

RECESS DEFECT JESSE

SMILING CRISIS BIFID VILLI

PHOTON ROBOT OSLO PROLONG GROTTO POSTBOX BRONCO

TUMULT

2 different single letters represent long and short vowel sounds

MATE SAKE ABBE CAFE JASPE--resembling jasper PATE HALLE ANDRE--as in Andre Rieu

SE AT--car (pron. SA AT) DEHACHE

PENNI (pron. PENNE)--a Finnish monetary unit

IDLE IVY IMPLY TRY ING CYCLIC HYBRID TIGRESS (pron. TIGRIS)

... in addition, one of the 2 different letters may also represent both the long and short vowel sounds:

CYSTITIS TYPIF Y ING

3 identical letters represent 2 long and 1 short vowel sounds

ENSETE

IRITIS

BONOBO

USUFRUCT

3 identical letters represent 1 long and 2 short vowel sounds

RE-CEMENT

DICLINIC DIVIDING MISTIMING MIDWIFISH

MONOCOT MONDONGO

a single letter represents the short vowel sound; and more than one letter the long vowel sound

BALLET TRACKWAY PLANTAIN CAMPAIGN CALAIS ABSEIL

DEBRIS TEALESS GENTEEL THERMAE, (pron. THERME)

TIEPIN EYESTRING SEISMIC LEIBNITZ FEISTY INSIGN INDICT INSIGHT BUY ING

HOLLOW OXBOW CROSSBOW BEAU-POT

UNDUE SUNDEW NEW-SPRUNG NEW-CUT YOU-UNS

a single letter represents the long vowel sound; more than one letter represents the short vowel sound

DEHEAD

PRICED CRIKEY

more than one letter represents the short vowel sound; more than one letter the long vowel sound

DRAUGHT-WAY

SWEETBREAD

HEINIE--German soldier

DOUGH-TROUGH

ROUGH-HEWN

REPLACING THE LONG VOWEL SOUND WITH THE SHORT VOWEL SOUND or vv.

In some cases, where a long vowel sound is represented by a group of 2 vowels, one of the 2 vowels can be removed to make a word with the equivalent short vowel sound. Together these two words sometimes make a logical configuration; sometimes different tenses.

Logical Configurations

BAIT BAT CAIN CAN RAIN RAN MAM

vv ... SAL'S SAILS AL'S AILS BRAD'S BRAIDS and LAD LAID MAD MAID!

BEAT BET MEAN MEN LEAN LEN NEAT NET DEAN'S DENS

FREED FRED STEEP STEP KEEN KEN CHIEF CHEF

vv ... BEN'S BEANS BEST BEAST GREG GRIEG (coined name) SHREK'S SHRIEKS

vv ... HIST! HEIST

vv ... TOD'S TOADS GOT GOAT

Different Tenses

LEAD ... LED BLEED ... BLED BREED ... BRED FEED ... FED MEET ... MET

In other cases, where the long vowel sound is represented by a group of one vowel and one or more consonants, the consonants can be removed to make a word with the equivalent short vowel sound. These two words together sometimes make a logical configuration. @@@@@@@@@ Logical Configurations

SLIGHT SLIT

vv ... SIS SIGHS LIT LIGHT

SUSAN THORPE

Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England

thorpeds@hotmail.com
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Date:Nov 1, 2014
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