I came up with this little game. Basically we have to write a word using small caps and big caps so that the small caps write a word and the big caps write a word (in their original order), for example:

STRINginG, the words are STRING and gin. ( or STringING with STING and ring)

MoneY, the words are MY and one.

THEoreM, the words are THEM and ore.

The score of each word is the length of the smallest word.

So STRINginG has score $3$, MoneY has score $2$ and THEoreM has score $3$.

However I do not want to accept the cases in which all the big caps are together. So things like BUTTERfly gentleMAN or CARrot are not allowed.

I would appreciate a lot if you could give me examples of words with high scores (the more the merrier), something especially awesome would be if the words could have related meanings. Thank you in advance.

  • $\begingroup$ When wording a question saying that BUTTERfly is an example of what you are looking for, but that BUTTERfly isn't... is poorly phrased. $\endgroup$
    – NPSF3000
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 8:50
  • $\begingroup$ I've created a similar challenge with stricter rules. $\endgroup$
    – SQB
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 12:22
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    $\begingroup$ 'Course, you could easily make "Stringing" into a 4 with "STringING" - STING and ring. $\endgroup$
    – Jez W
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ oh, that's actually a pretty sweet example $\endgroup$
    – user10001
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 13:17

8 Answers 8


A word with a score of 11:


A couple words with a score of 7:


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    $\begingroup$ Oh yeah, perhaps it would be better to ask both small and big caps not to be consecutive $\endgroup$
    – user10001
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 21:59
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    $\begingroup$ or not, that is fine. Although the more intertwined the better. $\endgroup$
    – user10001
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 22:00
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    $\begingroup$ Exactly it seems quite easy with the -s suffix. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 22:00

I have a word with a score of 5


Made up of the words TINILY and renal with alternating letters.

  • $\begingroup$ Oh, that's high. $\endgroup$
    – user10001
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 18:13
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    $\begingroup$ Credit goes to JLee for teaching me this word. I was supremely impressed with the length of the word when I read it in his innovative Triad Phrase question. And the moment I read this challenge, I remembered this fantastic word. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 18:20

Here's a score of 12.

The longest non-coined word in the English language is


It can be split up into

ANTI disestablishment ARIANISM

ANTI-ARIANISM (12) and disestablishment (16)

Some examples of the exact word anti-arianism:

An essay on Arianism
A subject tag
The book "The Theological Anthropology of Eustathius of Antioch"
The book "Theophilus of Alexandria and the First Origenist Controversy: Rhetoric and Power"

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    $\begingroup$ Antidisestablishmentarianism doesn't have a hyphen, but all instances of anti-Arianism do (they also include a capital A). I would think this would not meet the expectations of the puzzle because of this. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 11:51
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    $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald One option is to verify this opinion with the OP, since it wasn't specified in the puzzle (even before down-voting, maybe :) ) $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 15:01

Submitting two NBA-themed words:




with a score of 5 and 6. Although I feel a bit abusing the consecutive caps rule with the simple -s suffix.


Score 8

The highest-scoring word in the Wolfram dictionary is:


Which consists of:




Found using:

n = 8;
wl = ToLowerCase@DictionaryLookup[Repeated[_, {n}]];
wl2 = ToLowerCase@DictionaryLookup[Repeated[_, {2 n}]];
subwords = 
    w -> Select[wl, 
      LongestCommonSequence[w, #] == # && 
        LongestCommonSubsequence[w, #] != # &], {w, wl2}], 
   Pattern[p, _ -> {_, __}]];
Cases[subwords, (w_ -> {___, a_, ___, b_, ___}) /; (Sort[
      Characters[w]] == Sort[Characters[a]~Join~Characters[b]]) :> {w,
    a, b}]

I can only guess you meant a similar rule for all small caps not being together. Otherwise you could go with:


with the score of 5 and a word play on your nickname.

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    $\begingroup$ I never knew daying was a word….? $\endgroup$
    – AJL
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 21:01
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    $\begingroup$ that example is fine. But DAYING is not a word. $\endgroup$
    – user10001
    Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 21:03
  • $\begingroup$ Me neither, especially not being an English speaker myself. I only found wordnik.com/words/daying but that might not count as a proper dictionary. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 21:05

How about:




which both give a score of 4

The latter is again a bit controversial as it uses a less common spelling of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allele


Here's a score of 16, if you can accept both words.

AultramicroscopicSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS (38 letters)


The longest English word that is in a major dictionary is

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters)

When broken down, that is:

Pneumono ultra microscopic silico volcano coniosis

where the first part, pneumono, is a medical prefix that specifies that the disease is lung-related or pulmonary-related.

So, removing it from the 45-letter monster above, we get the word

ultramicroscopic silicovolcanoconiosis (without the space)

Now, the prefix "a" means "not" (e.g.: atypical means not typical). So, adding the prefix a to the word above gives us


That's ultramicroscopic and ASILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS (a form of coniosis that is NOT caused by volcano dust or silicon exposure.)

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    $\begingroup$ -1. You can't add "a" to any word you like. I think the questioner meant real words only. $\endgroup$
    – Ypnypn
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 3:23
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    $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald I see you have the most up-voted answer on this question about adding the prefix a to words. How does your response apply to coined medical words, like this one? Also, any other thoughts? $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 3:34
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    $\begingroup$ @Ypnypn From what I can tell so far, the prefix a can be applied to any word with a Greek origin. So, the question becomes, "Is coniosis of Greek origin?" I do not know. $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 3:46
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    $\begingroup$ +1 for an impressive job defending your answer. Coniosis comes from konis which is of Greek origin: thefreedictionary.com/pneumoconiosis $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 4:19
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    $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald OK, thanks. Also, the logic behind silicovolcanoconiosis being a word was that Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis IS a word, and since all the prefixes added seem to exist only to make the rest of the word more specific, then it seems logical to me that we can remove them and still have a valid word, just without the added meaning given by the prefix(es). No? $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 14:51

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