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I've heard about this word

контрвзбзднуть

which has 9 consonants in a row. Obviously this word doesn't exist. Which real word(s) has the longest consonant cluster?

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    You just made my day with this word :)))) +1
    – user259
    Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 20:40

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Let's face the truth: we're all from Stack Overflow here.

$ egrep '[бвгджзклмнпрстфхцчшщ]{6,}' lopatin.txt

адъюнктство, —а
попразднство, —а
предпразднство, —а
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  • Why not include ь? Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 12:49
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    I'm not from Stack Overflow. :P
    – Alenanno
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 12:50
  • @Armen: it's not a consonant. Historically, it's a vowel, currently, it's a modifier. Including ь and ъ additionally yields фольксштурм (and derived words) and юрисконсультство.
    – Quassnoi
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 12:55
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    @Alenanno: of course, but if we count sounds and not letters we should define what to count, and it's not that easy. There are several translations of William Blake's "Tiger" into Russian, one of them reads: Тигр, о тигр, светло горящий, and another one: Тигр, тигр, жгучий страх. The first reading forbids a schwa between the consonants, the second one requires it.
    – Quassnoi
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 14:04
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    @texnic: {6,} means "six or more".
    – Quassnoi
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 14:07
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With 5 consonants in a row, I'd say:

  • контрпример, kontrprimer (counterexample).
  • контрпредложение, kontrpredlozhenie (counteroffer).
  • контрпривод, kontrprivod (countershaft).
  • контрприказ, kontrprikaz (countermand).

(taken from the dictionary)

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    Контрстрайк (Counter-Strike) has 6 consonants! Sorry, just kidding :) Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 12:39
  • @RomanYankovsky Uhm, we don't consider that a word, right? :D
    – Alenanno
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 12:41
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    The corpus knows the word контрстратегия.
    – Quassnoi
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 12:48
  • @Alenanno sure :) Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 13:20

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