Is it

(21 Posts)
AliaMairns Fri 29-May-15 07:55:21

Queuing or Queueing? Or can you use both?

I can't seem to find a firm answer anywhere confused

00100001 Fri 29-May-15 07:58:44

I think queuing is the preferred but both are acceptable (a bit like yogurt/yoghurt)

Limer Fri 29-May-15 07:59:54

Queuing

MrsHathaway Fri 29-May-15 08:04:09

I think queueing. If I try to type queuing my phone accepts it, but I think it looks weird.

I'm thinking that we tend only to drop the e if it's doing a magic e job, and the i takes over. Here it's an orthographical anomaly so doesn't have to go.

DadDadDad Fri 29-May-15 10:47:57

I agree that losing the e makes it look weird, but that's just personal taste.

Going off at a tangent, I wonder if there is any other word in English with five vowels in a row?

00100001 Fri 29-May-15 11:51:09

queueable

miaoued

00100001 Fri 29-May-15 11:52:10

you might like this Dad
listverse.com/2007/12/03/25-english-language-oddities/

DadDadDad Fri 29-May-15 12:31:59

Thanks - an amusing diversion.

It says that "almost" is the longest commonly used word with all its letters in alphabetical order. I can think of two other 6-letter words that have this property, one beginning with b (common), one with c (not so common).

00100001 Fri 29-May-15 12:33:08

what is the B word?

DadDadDad Fri 29-May-15 12:36:35

Don't give up after two minutes! I'll give you one clue: it ends with s.

00100001 Fri 29-May-15 14:29:21

ooooh, OK, a puzzle. I'll think on it

00100001 Fri 29-May-15 14:30:10

befits?

00100001 Fri 29-May-15 14:30:28

oh no.,.. wait... <thinks again>

begins

DadDadDad Fri 29-May-15 14:36:32

Well done. The other word is chintz (got that from a Stephen Fry book twenty years ago and I've carried it around in my head ever since - I have a feeling that he had another one for 'b' but I can't remember it).

AliaMairns Fri 29-May-15 16:49:57

Biopsy?

prism Fri 29-May-15 17:04:18

Using a scrabble dictionary and a bit of programming I have established that the complete list of 6 letter words that have their letters in alphabetical order is:

BIOPSY
CHIKOR
ACKNOW
BEKNOT
ALMOST
GHOSTY
BIJOUX
CHINOS
DEHORT
ABHORS
BEGILT
CHIMPS

...which is cheating really but something to do while I'm waiting to go home.

00100001 Fri 29-May-15 17:34:31

you list doesn't have begins in it though

00100001 Fri 29-May-15 17:35:56

and also - are we allowing 'doubles' e.g accent?

DadDadDad Fri 29-May-15 20:48:19

Nice one, prism, you've reminded me that biopsy was the other one I encountered all those years ago. I'll have to remember ghosty.

prism Sat 30-May-15 02:47:49

That'll teach me to try to analyse 22158 words in ten minutes. The correct answer, including 'doubles', is:

ABBESS
ABCEES
ABHORS
ACCENT
ACCEPT
ACCESS
ACCLOY
ACCOST
ACKNOW
ADDEEM
ADDERS
ADDIOS
ADEEMS
ADOORS
AFFLUX
AGLOOS
ALMOST
BEGILT
BEGINS
BEGIRT
BEKNOT
BELLOW
BIJOUX
BILLOW
BIOPSY
BLOOPS
BLOTTY
CELLOS
CHIKOR
CHILLS
CHILLY
CHIMPS
CHINOS
CHINTZ
CHIPPY
CHIRRS
CHITTY
CHIVVY
CHOOSY
CHOPPY
CLOOPS
CLOTTY
DEFFLY
DEHORT
DEKKOS
DIKKOP
DIMPSY
EFFLUX
EFFORT
ELLOPS
FILLOS
FLOORS
FLOOSY
FLOPPY
FLOSSY
GHOSTY
GIMMOR
GLOOPS
GLOOPY
GLOPPY
GLOSSY
HILLOS
KNOTTY

prism Sat 30-May-15 02:51:52

... and here are all the ones that are the other way round, ie. the letters are in reverse alphabetical order:

JIGGED
LIGGED
MIFFED
NIFFED
PIGGED
POLKED
POLLED
POLLEE
POMMEE
POMMIE
PONGED
PONGEE
PONIED
PONKED
POOHED
POOLED
RIFFED
RIGGED
ROLFED
ROLLED
RONNIE
ROOFED
ROOKED
ROOKIE
ROOMED
ROOMIE
SOGGED
SOOGEE
SOOKED
SOOLED
SOOMED
SPLIFF
SPOKED
SPONGE
TIFFED
TIGGED
TOFFEE
TOGGED
TOLLED
TOLLIE
TOMMED
TONGED
TONKED
TOOLED
TOOMED
TOONIE
TROKED
UNFEED
VOMICA
VUMMED
WIGGED
WOLFED
WONNED
WOOFED
WOOLED
WOOLIE
WOONED
WULLED
WURLIE
YOKKED
YOLKED
YONNIE
YTTRIA
YTTRIC
YUKKED
YUPPIE
YWROKE
ZIGGED
ZONKED
ZOOMED
ZOONED
ZOONIC

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