Strangest- and prettiest-looking words?

In my strolls through Simplified, I’ve come across some words that look very strange, and others very beautiful, and I was wondering what other people thought of them or if there were others that should be on this list!

So far these words’ve made me raise an eyebrow 😛
superintendent (s n-ten-d nt)
uninterrupted (n-n u-p-ted)
incompatibility (n-k-p-a-t-b l)
conform (kf-m)
justifiable (j-us-tef-b)

And the ones that I find just plain graceful
handbook (h nd-b-u-k)
dependable (d-pen-b)
litigate (l-e-t-e-g)
short time ago (sh tem-g)
worked (r-k-d)

(by niftyboy1
for everyone)


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  1. While beauty is on the eye of the beholder, in Anniv, at least 4 of those that made you raise your eyebrows look more graceful:   (1) superintendent = superior s comma n – tn (2) uninterrupted = superior n – n u – p detached t (3) incompatibility = n – k – p – a – t detached b (4) justifiable = j – us – f – b

  2. Welcome Sh-ndNut!   "I have not been able" is my favourite, too.   But for Superintendent (which I write quite often at work) I prefer the DJS version: superior comma s, n-tn-dn-t. (But now that I know the Anny, since I write it so often, I may switch.)

  3. I discovered one from reading court reporting books for Anniversary… "how far away". It's "au-fa" with a W line under the A. For symmetry, I also find "out of the way" (au-ua) and "agenda" very pretty… I write the latter "a-gen-a".

  4. There are a lot of the court reporting phrases that use the "w" dash in the phrase for "way" — the dash representing "n" is used similarly for the word "knowledge" in the court phrases.    I like:  "the only way" ith-o-n-e, disjoined w dash under the "e".  It also works well in "another way"  "n-u-over ith, disjoined w dash".    The problem with such abbreviating devices is that you really need to depend on the context of the matter to tell you what you are reading. 

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