# Build words starting with one letter [closed]

Start with a one letter word. Then add one letter (anywhere) at a time to create another word. (So the second word will be 2 letters, third word woulld be 3 letters and so on). Get to at least 7 letters. My final word is something I don't want to happen to me. Two restrictions:

Only one proper noun allowed

Only 2 vowels allowed.

Hope this is not too open ended. Of course special kudos to anyone who comes up with the longest word.

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• Should this have the no-computers tag? It would be easy to write a program to grovel through a wordlist to find long chains; for that matter there's at least one online word-searching tool that could do it with no programming required. – Gareth McCaughan Mar 21 '17 at 0:48
• You may be interested in puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/6691/… – Ian MacDonald Mar 21 '17 at 11:57
• @IanMacDonald In this case, anagram are not allowed – Techidiot Mar 21 '17 at 12:16
• And you cannot re arrange letters. Thanks – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 13:08
• – Ian MacDonald Mar 21 '17 at 13:31

Here's a 10 letter word.

A
AN
TAN
TANG
STANG
STANGE $\rightarrow$ Proper Noun
STRANGE
STRANGLE $\rightarrow$ You would not want this :-)
STRANGLER
STRANGLERS

I believe, you will never ever like to have them near you :-)

• I don't think that you can swap the positions of existing letters as in anagram chains. – M Oehm Mar 21 '17 at 6:28
• @MOehm Thanks. Came up with a better one :-) – Techidiot Mar 21 '17 at 8:58
• you added S and T in one time ! – Sikorski Mar 21 '17 at 9:15
• @Sikorski Yup. Corrected. Thanks :-) – Techidiot Mar 21 '17 at 9:29
• You could also do STRANG instead of STANGE - Gilbert Strang is the author of a popular linear algebra textbook – Deusovi Mar 21 '17 at 21:52

Here is the longest I found so far.(9 letters)

I
PI
PIN
PING
APING
GAPING
GASPING (Gasping for air is not a situation you want to be in!)
GRASPING (Wouldn't want an old pervert grasping at your stuff!!)
GRASPINGS

• Good one stack reader. Only 1 vowel. – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 13:29
• The word I am thinking is something I dont want to happen to me. – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 13:30
• @DeepakMahulikar you wouldn't want an old pervert grasping your private stuff now would you? :P ... or be in a situation that you are gasping for air(drowning, yikes!) – stack reader Mar 21 '17 at 14:32
• Well since you put it that way!!! – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 14:37
• Would "graspings" count? – Malvolio Mar 21 '17 at 16:15

Well, to get things started here's a 7 with no proper nouns.

A AT HAT HATE HATER HATTER SHATTER

• I'm quite sure that at least six of your seven words are proper nouns somewhere on Earth ;-) – xhienne Mar 21 '17 at 0:55
• Gareth, since shatter is a verb can you not extend it to shatters? – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 13:32
• Of course, but then it would no longer be the case that "My final word is something I don't want to happen to me". Unless there's a disease called "the shatters" or something :-). – Gareth McCaughan Mar 21 '17 at 14:08

Inspired by Gareth.... an 8 word.

A AT PAT PATE PATER PATTER PLATTER SPLATTER

I IN BIN BING BOING BONING BONKING

I'm might be wrong, but it would be impolite to ask.

Here's a guess (8 letters):

I IT LIT LITE TILES SILENT LINIEST SENILITY

And another (7 letters):

A AM SAM SAME NAMES AMENDS MADNESS

• Quarkle, I apologize for unclear explanation. Cannot rearrange letters like from LIKE to TILES. Add letter without the order change. Sorry again – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 13:34

Best I could do!

I ID AID AIDE AIDER AIDERS RAIDERS BRAIDERS ABRAIDERS

• "My final word is something I don't want to happen to me."? – Rand al'Thor Mar 21 '17 at 13:40
• 3 vowels were used also – DEEM Mar 22 '17 at 0:32

No proper nouns, only adding to end/beginning:

a as ass pass passé passel passels

• Missed the rule about not happening to you :\ – sirjonsnow Mar 21 '17 at 14:24

A
Al
ale
sale
scale
scaled
scalded
Don't want to get scalded

• I think AL is just a suffix. – Techidiot Mar 22 '17 at 13:36
• I think that's the one allowed proper noun - Al, as in the name. – F1Krazy Mar 22 '17 at 13:38
• @F1Krazy Ah, yes! – Techidiot Mar 22 '17 at 13:49