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tetragram

(ˈtɛtrəˌɡræm)
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(Linguistics) any word of four letters
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Noun1.tetragram - a word that is written with four letters in an alphabetic writing system
written word - the written form of a word; "while the spoken word stands for something, the written word stands for something that stands for something"; "a craftsman of the written word"
Tetragrammaton - four Hebrew letters usually transliterated as YHWH (Yahweh) or JHVH (Jehovah) signifying the Hebrew name for God which the Jews regarded as too holy to pronounce
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Each day at breakfast Bel gives us our orders: retracing her chalk tetragrams (and the Devil knows their purpose), and scraping the rust off these iron coffins she cherishes, their insides fitted out with sharp nails, and swabbing down the timbers of the ship, those huge, hot decks.
When in April 1969 I acquired from Ed Gilbert of Bell Labs a computer-generated list of all tetragrams known to be in Webster's Second Edition, she quickly discovered that there were at least four words in Webster's with three consecutive identical letters: -OSSSH-, -ESSSH-, -ALLLE-, -CEEER-.
OAP can be preceded by CDEFRS or T, or followed by BEFILMOPRSTW or Y, all forming legal tetragrams in Webster's 2nd.
Most of the quiz names aren't particularly relevant to the tetragrams.
Luckily these are the very ones most apt and most ept to track down some obscure listing of their tetragrams for themselves, except DmBo (and I bet he's still playing with words in the afterlife).
There are 24 vowel tetragrams beginning with each of the 5 vowels, excluding tetragrams with a repeated vowel.
In "Vowel Tetragrams Revisited" in Nov 2003, Susan Thorpe inadvertently doubled an example for OOUO and UOUO, but omitted OOUUJ and UOUU.
Jeff Grant comments on "Vowel Tetragrams Revisited" as follows: "Concerning the Angolan place-name with 9 consecutive vowels, I discovered CAUAIAUAIA while browsing the OSNG for Angola back in 1985, and advised the Guinness Book of Records (it is listed in the 1987 edition) and of course Word Ways (Feb 1986 Colloquy).
Runs of 4 vowels This subject was treated in detail in Susan Thorpe's Vowel Tetragrams (Nov 2003).
Vowel Tetragrams by Darryl Francis (74140) is, to date, the only article which directly searches for VTWs.
WW74140 Vowel Tetragrams by Darryl Francis includes several vowel-rich 8-letter words.