Can I buy a vowel?

Great theme for this week’s A.Word.A.Day mailing list. The theme was:

Words having vowels aeiou once and only once, and in order.

The words were:

  • annelidous – of or relating to worms
  • facetious – Jocular or humorous, often inappropriately
  • anemious – Growing in windy conditions
  • caesious – Bluish or grayish green
  • abstemious – Sparing, especially in matters of eating and drinking

Much to my chagrin, I know only two of the words (“facetious” and “abstemious”). And as strausmouse will point out, I would likely misspell all five of them.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.