I’d Like To Buy A Vowel



There are twenty-six letters in the alphabet

But only five vowels that make the set

If you don’t include a dialectal accent

That means they are less than twenty percent


I guess you could argue there are six

If you throw the lonely “y” into the mix

We might as well since it is free

Making the percentage twenty-three


These are the gems amongst the stone

Consonants cannot stand all alone

“A”, “E”, “I”, “O”, “U”, and “Y”

Find in each word their alibi


If you feel I am giving too much due

Then this is the challenge I offer you

I ask you to write me a line please

Without the use of one of these


This may appear an impossible task

So, if you are not thus amused

There is something else I can ask

Let’s play with how they are used


Since they make-up only a quarter

Use them just once, and in order

And I don’t want you writing speciously

So, you can’t use the word “facetiously”




15 Responses to “I’d Like To Buy A Vowel”
  1. I am not even going to try! Great challenge, though, and I hope someone is up for it!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      The challenge was somewhat rhetorical, as I don’t think there is another word that uses all vowels, in order, just once. But if there is one, I know my readers will find it.

  2. JustBeingMe says:

    Hmm. Good challenge. I’ll let you know if I come up with anything 🙂

  3. First of all I would like to congratulate the way you have thrown a challenge. Use of rhyming words, making paragraphs and poetic presentation out of it. Challenge is ofcourse though, but I am a bigger admirer of how you have asked it. Your writing is a true gem Brad. 😊

  4. Silly me! A Google search will answer anything you want to know! Here are more:
    abstemious, abstentious, adventitious, and parecious. 😀

  5. Jim Borden says:

    fun poem; but it seems like it’s a thing for start-up companies to leave out some vowels when naming their companies: Flickr, Scribd, Tumblr. There was even a recent NYT article about how it has become popular to leave out vowels: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/29/style/vowels-no-more.html

  6. I can’t think for this challenge. A bit hard for me to solve this.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you for reading and following Ajid! The challenge was given as more of a joke, but you are not the only one to take it on. I believe Jody, in the comments above, has given every possible English language answer, so you are off the hook. 😁

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