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Re: Find the shortest word in the English Language with: a b c d e f

by QM (Parson)
on Jul 04, 2018 at 14:56 UTC ( #1217894=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Find the shortest word in the English Language with: a b c d e f

Cheating a bit, but I have a generic script to read a dictionary, and execute arbitrary regexes or code blocks against it. Since I already have the dictionary in a nice format, in a default location, the command line looks like this:
w -r a -r b -r c -r d -r e -r f|perl -ple '$_=length($_)." $_"'|sort - +n|head -1

But of course, w is rather long and generic, and will take a number of regexes or a single code block.

And this misses multiple words, if several are the same length. (I get "feedback" and "boldface" from my list, at length 8.)

Interestingly, adding "g" gives only 1 word, and doesn't require sorting: "blackfigured":

w -r a -r b -r c -r d -r e -r f -r g|perl -ple '$_=length($_)." $_"'

ETA: Using the codeblock form:

w -c '$_=shift;length if/a/&&/b/&&/c/&&/d/&&/e/&&/f/'|sort -n -k 3|hea +d -1

(The output format is a bit different with codeblock, and must be sorted by field 3.)

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