A friend of mine posted on his LiveJournal:
There aren’t many English words with four vowels in a row.
Of course, geek that I am, I thought ‘hm, that sounds like a challenge.’
Using egrep and /usr/share/dict/words, I came up with the following:
In my /usr/share/dict/words, it looks like:
5: 3 (cadiueio, Chaouia, Guauaenok)
6: 1 (euouae)
Excluding proper nouns (or at least, things capitalized in the first letter), we get 110, 1, 1. Of the four-vowel words, 7 have only 5 letters; another 6 have only 6 letters.
An arbitrary selection of 4-vowel words: homoeoarchy, obsequiousness, palaeoencephalon, queue, lieue, rhythmopoeia, exsanguious.
(Normally, I’d have done a random selection instead of an arbitrary selection, but `sort` on OS X doesn’t have the -R option, sadly, and I didn’t happen to have an ssh connection to elsewhere open at that particular second.)
This feels like the kind of question I’d love to use as a job interview question someday.