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Therein lies the secret

Posted by Knightmare on July 12, 2011 – 9:06 pm

There is a secret word in the English language that contains eight words without rearranging the letters.

What is the word?

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  1. 1. BearSprite Said:

    Is it “therein”?

    I can count at least 7.

  2. 2. BearSprite Said:

    Here’s a bunch, of them, though some may not apply due to missing apostrophes (it’s late and I’m too lazy to check).

    the, there, therein, he, her, here, herein, er, ere, re (diatonic notes might still count), in.

  3. 3. Dallas Said:

    Linear? I can’t count eight in linear. Mathematics?

  4. 4. Wizard of Oz Said:

    The question includes the word “therein” so I suppose that’s a giveaway.

    The word ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM used to bandied around as the longest word in the English language but is not in any dictionary in my household. A pity, because I think it can be mined for at least 15 words.

    However, ESTABLISHMENTARIANISM is there. This gives us:
    IAN (if names allowed?)
    ANIS (an African cockatoo)

    That’s 12.

  5. 5. Wizard of Oz Said:

    I left out A and AN. That’s 14.

    Therein also includes “I”.

  6. 6. Chris Said:

    Hi Knightmare, I fixed your post. If you’re using Internet Explorer 8 or 9, you need to turn compatibility mode on (definitely the case if you want to copy/paste a problem).

    Hi BearSprite, you left out “rein”.

    Hi Dallas, what does your comment refer to?

  7. 7. Karl Sharman Said:

    Therein also contains… rein

    Also, can we just delete letters and keep it in the same order, such as thee?

  8. 8. Karl Sharman Said:

    Wizard of Oz – antidisestablishmentarianism refers to the principles of those who oppose the with-drawal of the recognition or support of the state from an established church, usually used in reference to the Anglican church in the 19th century in England.

    Thought every body knew that.

    Meantime, go with your God, and may his/her/its blessings be upon you, my son.

  9. 9. George Said:


  10. 10. Ilse Said:

    The answer is therein.. here is why

    it says to make 8 words here are the words:




    rein( A long, narrow strap attached at one end to a horse’s bit)

    re ( In reference to; in the case of; concerning. and it is also the symbol rhenium)



    herein (Formal in or into this place, thing, document, etc)

  11. 11. Ilse Said:

    I found more..


    just in case re and herein is not allowed..

  12. 12. Knightmare Said:

    well, i think the Wiz wins this one (better than what i had)

    Hi Chris, i did change the Explorer (8 i think). thanks for the fix

    no deleting, Karl

  13. 13. Ilse Said:

    there is many possible answers for this question..

  14. 14. Chris Said:

    Hi Ilse. Show us some more please.

  15. 15. Lozzii Said:


  16. 16. Chris Said:

    Hi Lozzii. Nice :)

  17. 17. Ankit Said:

    Well, the question states that it is an 8-letter word, so all the answers suggested other than “therein” don’t really fit into this solution; they are definitely good finds though! :)

  18. 18. Chris Said:

    Hi Ankit. The question says eight words, not eight letters.

  19. 19. Eketahuna Said:

    I think DICTIONARY contains heaps more than 8 words :)

  20. 20. Eketahuna Said:

    But HERETOFORE also fits the bill …


  21. 21. Eketahuna Said:

    Oops, THERETOFORE contains even more !

  22. 22. Wizard of Oz Said:

    Good one, Eke. You can add ERE, OF, ORE.

  23. 23. Wizard of Oz Said:

    . . . and OR.

  24. 24. Eketahuna Said:

    nice one Wiz, and of course THE, THERE, THERETO, and THERETOFORE

    What’s that … 16 ?

  25. 25. Wizard of Oz Said:

    Hi Eke, you should get the prize for this.

  26. 26. Lozzii Said:

    I still think that it is REARRANGING because the quuestion is a ‘therein lies the secret’, implying that the answer is already in the question, not the title. Also it states that it has 8 inner words, no more than 8 words in it will satisfy the requirements.

  27. 27. Scott Said:

    Lozzli, I like rearranging also but I think it has more than 8 if that is the upper limit…


  28. 28. Scott Said:

    Ok, i was googling around for words containing eight words and I came across the answer, but because I didn’t really work it out for myself, I won’t post it here and spoil it, but I will say that BearSprite was on the right track right from the start.

  29. 29. Eketahuna Said:

    I suspect THEREIN was the intended answer, as it was actually given in the subject line.

  30. 30. Scott Said:

    Well looks like no-one wants to finish this off, so I’ll post the solution I found on the interwebs.

  31. 31. Amber Arseneaux Said:

    the best +and longest word in the english dictionary is 45 letters long. it is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocaniosis. who can tell me the max amount of words in this word?

  32. 32. Scott Said:

    Could you please use it in a sentence?

  33. 33. Karl Sharman Said:

    The longest word in the english dictionary, according to Amber is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocaniosis.

    That should do it ;-)

  34. 34. rhiannon hoefer Said:

    it’s “therein”, isn’t it? i can count eight:

    therein, the, there, he, her, here, rein, in.

    did I get them all?

  35. 35. rhiannon hoefer Said:

    you guys all have some pretty good answers, but I think “therein” is the correct answer, because it has eight REAL words that EVERYBODY knows… not that YOUR guys’ aren’t real, but I don’t understand most of them…

  36. 36. Knightmare Said:

    yes Hoefer…’therein’ is the answer (from the source) but Eketahuna and Wiz gave such better answers that i couldn’t tell them they were wrong!

  37. 37. rhiannon hoefer Said:

    i know there answers were great!!! i went for the easier one though… being smart isnt ALL easy!!! :P

  38. 38. rhiannon hoefer Said:

    i mean, “their” answers were great! >_<

  39. 39. rhiannon hoefer Said:

    i came up with some more answers.

    these each contain eight words:

    mathematics, thematic, math, the, them, mat, tic, tics

    therein, the, there, he, her, here, rein, in

    therefore, there, the, he, her, here, for, fore

    these each contain seven words:

    microwave, mi(spanish), micro, crow, ow, wave, ave

    these each contain six words:

    refrigerator, ref, rig, rigor, tor, or

    backhand, back, ha, hand, an, and

    these each contain five words:

    storeroom, store, to, tore, room


    i will post more later

  40. 40. rhiannon hoefer Said:

    im gonna get down to 2

  41. 41. Karl Sharman Said:

    refrigerator, ref, rig, rigor, tor, or – not rigor tho!

    and – rat, era and gerator (hydraulic device having seal with steel and resilient members)

    Is that four letter word, what the Sex Pistols were doing in the rigging acceptable?

    And how come the abbreviation for Refrigerator is Fridge? Where’d the ‘d’ come from?

  42. 42. Karl Sharman Said:

    Rhiannon, there is also hem in mathematics, at, he (I’m not going to go with I and a) a dubious thema (plural of theme) or a Lancia.

  43. 43. Chris Said:

    I’ve only just noticed that you merely can’t rearrange the letters. So, therein =>
    the, there, therein, he, her, here, herein, er, ere, re, in (courtesy of BearSprite)

    rein, tin, thin, tein (a hundredth of a tenge), hein, then, ther, I, ten, hen.

    You can Google with e.g. “define: hein”

  44. 44. Karl Sharman Said:

    Chris, I am sure I could look this up on google – but a hundredth of a tenge is a tein – I have some questions…
    1. What is a tenge?
    2. What is a tenth of a tenge?
    3. What is the next step up from a tenge as in mm->cm->m or is tenge as high as it goes?
    4. What is the current exchange rate with a Ningi?

  45. 45. Scott Said:

    Is a Ningi anything like a piecost?

  46. 46. Karl Sharman Said:

    Scott, a Ningi is a monetary unit – Although there are three major units, (The Altairian Dollar, the Flainian Pobble Bead and the Triganic Pu) none of them count. The Altarian Dollar has recently collapsed, the Flainian Pobble Bead is only exchangeble for other Flainian Pobble Beads, and the Triganic Pu has its own very special problems.

    Its exchange rate of eight Ningis to one Pu is simple enough, but since a Ningi is a triangular rubber coin six thousand eight hundred miles along each side, no one has ever collected enough to own one Pu.

    Ningis are not negotiable currency, because the Galactibanks refuse to deal in fiddling small change. From this basic premise it is very simple to prove that the Galactibanks are also the product of a deranged imagination.

    Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy – Don’t Panic!

  47. 47. Karl Sharman Said:

    Oh alright then….

    What’s a “piecost”?

  48. 48. Chris Said:

    Tein: a monetary unit of Kazakhstan, equal to one hundredth of a tenge.

    That’s all I can find.

    A pie costs 89¢

  49. 49. Jimi Said:



  50. 50. Jimi Said:

    Ooops..missed one.



  51. 51. MATH Said:

    heres my eight. all of which are legit. (like a bowss)


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