There are such words, though they are an unusual type, and not all the ones using y people mistakenly list.
Apparently, people didn't learn the WHOLE list in school. Some say "the vowels are a,e,i,o and u". But you need to add "and sometimes y" (actually, also "and sometimes w"!)
A big part of the confusion is the "sometimes" part -- people want it to be nice and simple -- a particular letter is always a vowel or always a consonant. Only that isn't true.
The other piece of this is, that, strictly speaking "consonant" and "vowel" are more about SOUNDS than letters. The reason we refer to specific letters as consonants or vowels, is that, MOST letters always represent one type of sound or the other.
"Y" is used for BOTH:
- At the BEGINNING of a syllable, it marks a consonant sound, e.g., yak, yellow
- In the middle or at the end it marks a vowel sound, e.g., cry, myth, happy (note that it's always an "i" type sound)
In fact, not only is y "sometimes" a vowel -- it functions this way much more often than not!
"W" is similar -- at the beginning of a syllable it is used as a consonant -- wig, warm, highway; at the end it marks a u-type vowel, e.g., how (sounds like "hou"), grew (sounds like "gru") The only twist here is that, in English words, w is not a stand-alone vowel, it allows follows and combines with others. (On the other hand, Welsh uses w by itself for a u/oo sound --thus the word "cwm" is pronounced like "coom".)
SO. . . after all that, ARE there any English words without vowels (including y and w functioning as vowels)?
Yes, there are a handful, IF you allow a special group of words that express feeling or imitate sounds. Since various dictionaries list at least some of these, I don't know why they shouldn't count.
In any case, note that you don't need vowel sounds to pronounce words. You just needs sounds that don't stop the sound flowing (like r, m, s, sh)
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For an entertaining list of many consonant-only words (mostly made up) which have actually appeared in literature check out
The Dictionary of Consonant-Only Words by Craig Conly -http://www.oneletterwords.com/consonant/...
(He lists 105 words under "T" alone! )
It is not possible to have a word with no vowels.
for a word to be a word it has to have vowels
lynx...depending on your view of the whole "y and w" thing
fly, by, my, they have vowel sounds but not vowels.
a word which do not contain vowels
rythm, if the y doesn't count.
The word rhythm has no vowels.
Last time I checked "o" was a vowel Jojo, so yoyo doesn't work!
someone once told me that "rhythm" is the longest word in the english dictionary without vowels.
All words must contain at least one vowel. Words like "by," "my," "cry," "dry" and "rhythm" all use "y" as a vowel.
if you don't count "y" tryst
its hard cause every word has a vowel1
A word which does not have vowels would be:
sky or shy
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