Word Oddities: Contained Words

atkins bookshelf wordsEnglish, with more than one million words, has hundreds of word oddities that have unique and fascinating characteristics. One type of word oddity is called “contained words,” a long word that contains several smaller words spelled consecutively in it. For example “ushers” contains five words spelled consecutively within it: us, she, he, her, hers. The English words with the most contained words are “thitherwards” and “therein:”

therein: contains 13 words
the
he
her
er
here
I
there
ere
rein
re
in
therein
herein

thitherwards contains 24 words
a
ar
ard
ards
er
he
her
hi
hit
hithe
hither
hitherward
hitherwards
I
it
ither
the
thither
thitherward
thitherwards

wa
war
ward
wards

Read related post: Words with Letters in Alphabetical Order
What is the Longest Word in English Language?

For further reading: There are Tittles in This Title: The Weird World of Words by Mitchell Symons (2014)
http://www.rinkworks.com/words/oddities.shtml

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