There is only 6 words ?
Only five base words, really: bear, pear, swear, tear, wear, and then words built from them like bearable and menswear and pearshaped.
I bet I can think of more words than just six.
Yes, there are a lot more but as far as I know they are all derived from these words e.g. pearshaped, bearable, unbearable, swearing, wearing, tearing, underwear.
normally Spelfabet has so many words that I haven’t thought of and I don’t even know. There are barely any words and they’re so simple surely there are more.
There are a lot more words with the SPELLING “ear” but not ones that sound like “air”. There are four ways to pronounce “ear”: as in hear, learn, bear and heart. This is the second-least common (heart and hearth are the least common).
Ummmmmmmmm this is not what I expected you’d think a professional website (dictionary) could think up more words than just 6. Build of these words people! ING ED ABLE UN add these on it’ll help trust me!
There really are only five base words with this phoneme-grapheme correspondence. I’m thinking about how to provide wordlists that account for morphology but I’m not keen to clutter up the wordlists with every possible affixed form. If you want word families, you can use a site like morewords, just google “morewords contains bear” and all the words which contain this letter sequence will come up.
No challenging words really!?!?!?!?!
This is a low-frequency phoneme-grapheme correspondence, there are some compounds and affixed versions of these words, though, such as unbearable and pearshaped. If you go to morewords and search for the base words you should get a list of all the other words with the same letter sequence, though they don’t control for phoneme-grapheme correspondence.
Thank you! Interesting that there are so few ‘ear as in bear’ base words. I hadn’t realised!
There are more comments than words!
This is unbelievable!
Why is it unbelievable? This is a low-frequency spelling, there are only five words plus their compounded and affixed forms, as far as I know.
No, but we DO want those compounded and affixed words.
Hi LeBron, sorry, my lists don’t include all the affixed forms, I’m really just trying to cover all the lemmas. If you want the affixed forms you can use a website like Morewords to find them, for example here are all the words containing “bear” https://www.morewords.com/contains/bear
What you are doing here makes sense Alison – can’t believe how ungrateful some of these commenters are. Clearly not interested in doing the work themselves, yet expect you to do it for them for free like it is your duty.
Ah well, there are a lot worse things on the internet, so I’m not worrying about them, but thanks for your concern. Alison
Echo this – I find your site so helpful. Thanks always!
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