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Quintaphones

Quintaphones are sets of words with a special property: you can take one of the vowels in the word and replace it with each of the other vowels, and the result will also be a word. It's most easily shown by example: bag, beg, big, bog, bug.

Using good computer science notation, we can use the asterisk (*) to denote the wild card, which is the slot where the letters can be placed. So in the above example, we could just say 'b*g' to denote the series.

I spent a couple of years on and off searching for as many of these as possible, before eventually turning to a python script and a dictionary file to systematically find all of them.

As a final note, the word 'quintaphone' comes from a blend of 'quint' for all five vowels, and phone for 'sound.' Which of course makes no sense, because this is about spelling. However, the word quintaphone has all five vowels in it, each one appearing once, so I couldn't bring myself to call them anything else.

Quintaphones
bl*nder
b*d
b*ds
b*g
b*gging
b*ll
b*lled
b*lling
b*lls
b*nd
b*nds
b*t
b*ts
c*te
c*tes
d*cker
d*ckers
d*lly
f*n
f*ns
f*r
g*t
h*ck
h*cks
h*ed
h*llo
h*lloed
h*lloing
h*llos
h*p ('hyp' also works, making this the sole hexaphone)
h*t
l*st
m*ll
m*lls
m*re
m*res
m*ss
m*ssed
m*sses
m*ssing
m*ssy
m*te
m*tes
n*b
n*bs
p*ck
p*cks
p*le
p*les
p*ns
p*p
p*ps
p*t
p*ts
p*tted
p*tting
r*ck
r*cked
r*cking
r*cks
t*le
t*les
t*n
t*ns
*n
*s

Quartaphones
Quartaphones are four-fifths of a quintaphone. Four of the five vowels work in the wild card, but one of them doesn't. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine which.

anim*s
an*s
bol*s
b*ck
b*cks
b*ff
b*ffs
b*gged
b*gs
b*lly
b*n
b*ns
b*s
b*sk
b*sks
b*tch
b*tches
b*tt
b*tted
b*tter
b*ttered
b*ttering
b*tters
b*tting
b*tts
b*y
b*ys
ch*ck
ch*cks
ch*mp
ch*mps
cl*ck
cl*cked
cl*cking
cl*cks
cl*nk
cl*nked
cl*nking
cl*nks
c*re
c*red
c*res
c*ring
d*b
d*bber
d*bbers
d*bs
d*ck
d*cks
d*e
d*es
d*g
d*gs
d*ll
d*lls
d*n
d*ne
d*ng
d*ngs
d*nned
d*nning
d*ns
d*re
fl*es
fo*l
fo*led
fo*ling
fo*ls
fr*g
fr*gged
fr*gging
fr*gs
f*d
f*ds
f*g
f*gged
f*gging
f*gs
f*ll
f*ller
f*llers
f*lling
f*lls
f*lly
f*nd
f*nding
f*nds
f*nny
g*ggle
g*ggled
g*ggles
g*ggling
g*lled
g*lling
g*lly
g*st
g*sts
g*y
h*e
h*es
h*ll
h*ller
h*llers
h*lloa
h*lloaed
h*lloaing
h*lloas
h*lloes
h*lls
h*m
h*nt
h*nted
h*nting
h*nts
h*tch
h*tched
h*tches
h*tching
h*ts
h*tting
j*g
j*gged
j*gging
j*gs
le*
l*ck
l*cked
l*cking
l*cks
l*g
l*gged
l*gging
l*gs
l*ne
l*nes
l*ng
l*x
man*s
min*s
m*
m*ck
m*cks
m*d
m*ds
m*g
m*gs
m*le
m*les
m*lled
m*lling
m*m
m*n
m*rk
m*rks
m*ssier
m*ssiest
m*st
m*sts
m*t
m*ter
m*tt
m*tts
n*t
n*ttier
n*ttiest
n*tty
pl*nk
pl*nked
pl*nking
pl*nks
prim*s
p*cker
p*ckers
p*d
p*ddle
p*ddled
p*ddler
p*ddlers
p*ddles
p*ddling
p*ds
p*ke
p*kes
p*led
p*ling
p*ll
p*lled
p*lling
p*lls
p*n
p*nned
p*nning
p*nt
p*pped
p*pping
p*ppy
p*re
p*s
p*sh
p*sses
p*tter
p*tters
p*tty
ro*ster
ro*sters
r*b
r*bs
r*ddle
r*ddled
r*ddles
r*ddling
r*de
r*le
r*les
r*m
r*ms
r*se
r*ses
r*t
r*ts
r*tted
r*tting
sh*t
sl*t
sl*ts
sn*ck
sp*ed
sp*tter
sp*tters
str*ng
st*ck
st*pes
s*b
s*bs
s*ck
s*cked
s*cking
s*cks
s*n
s*nder
s*nders
s*ng
s*ns
s*p
s*pped
s*pping
s*ps
s*re
tor*s
tr*ck
tr*cked
tr*cking
tr*cks
t*ff
t*ffs
t*g
t*gs
t*ng
t*ngs
t*p
t*pped
t*pping
t*ps
t*rn
tuss*r
tuss*rs
t*t
t*ts
t*tty
*mber
*mbers
*nion
*nlace
*nlaces
*ns
*t
wr*ng
y*p


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