Counting Syllables

Rick Harrison harrison at
Mon Mar 21 15:21:47 EDT 2022

“miaou” has 4 consecutive vowels so I’m not surprised it has 2 syllables.  That may be a rule.

The average person uses about 20,000 words on a regular basis.

They know about 40,000 visually.

It’s estimated there are about 1.25 million english words, but a lot of those are scientific terms.

Anyone up to building a cross reference database that can be searched quickly?


> “miaou” is two syllables

> On Mar 21, 2022, at 10:56 AM, Craig Newman via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> I would think one would need a database that maps all words with the number of syllables in those words. I am sure some sort of algorithm would do a creditable job, but I bet it would not do a perfect job. For example, and embedded “eau” is usually one syllable, but a word such as “miaou” is two syllables
> Craig

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