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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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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 :-)

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

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  • $\begingroup$ Good one stack reader. Only 1 vowel. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ The word I am thinking is something I dont want to happen to me. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 13:30
  • $\begingroup$ @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!) $\endgroup$ – stack reader Mar 21 '17 at 14:32
  • $\begingroup$ Well since you put it that way!!! $\endgroup$ – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ Would "graspings" count? $\endgroup$ – Malvolio Mar 21 '17 at 16:15
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Well, to get things started here's a 7 with no proper nouns.

A AT HAT HATE HATER HATTER SHATTER

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm quite sure that at least six of your seven words are proper nouns somewhere on Earth ;-) $\endgroup$ – xhienne Mar 21 '17 at 0:55
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    $\begingroup$ Gareth, since shatter is a verb can you not extend it to shatters? $\endgroup$ – DEEM Mar 21 '17 at 13:32
  • $\begingroup$ 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 :-). $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Mar 21 '17 at 14:08
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Inspired by Gareth.... an 8 word.

A AT PAT PATE PATER PATTER PLATTER SPLATTER

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I IN BIN BING BOING BONING BONKING

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

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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

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

I ID AID AIDE AIDER AIDERS RAIDERS BRAIDERS ABRAIDERS
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    $\begingroup$ "My final word is something I don't want to happen to me."? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 21 '17 at 13:40
  • $\begingroup$ 3 vowels were used also $\endgroup$ – DEEM Mar 22 '17 at 0:32
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No proper nouns, only adding to end/beginning:

a as ass pass passé passel passels

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    $\begingroup$ Missed the rule about not happening to you :\ $\endgroup$ – sirjonsnow Mar 21 '17 at 14:24
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A
Al
ale
sale
scale
scaled
scalded
Don't want to get scalded

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

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