met+a+filter Chain Words and Chain Letters
March 7, 2007 4:17 PM Subscribe
Is there a name for these kind of words, and what is the longest one?
posted by snailer to Writing & Language (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This is another instance where google is chock full of results for another meaning of this phrase, and it's difficult to find a good relevant answer. I searched for chain words, chain letters etc.
Is there a name for a word that is created by adding a letter onto another word? What is the longest word that exists that each iteration is a valid word? For the sake of argument, it doesn't have to reduce to a valid one letter word.
to + o = too
too + l = tool
tool + s = tools
i + d = id
id + e = ide (ides of March)
ide + a = idea
idea + l = ideal
I hope that's enough to go on. Apologies if this has been asked and answered previously, I just can't seem to find the answer!