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CategoriesNooks and cranniesYesteryearSemantic enigmasThe body beautifulRed tape, white liesSpeculative scienceThis sceptred isleRoot of all evilEthical conundrumsThis sporting lifeStage and screenBirds and the bees SEMANTIC ENIGMASI think the longest English word you can touch type with one hand is "afterwards". Can anyone better this? REVERBERATED. Gaynelle Samuel, London E8. EXTRAVASATED. If you really want to practise with one hand, try: "Extra vegetated terraces were reseeded afterwards as we recreated a devastated desert. We faced a savage crew, sewed seaweed sweaters, as we extracted stewed sewage." Alastair Milne, Den Haag, Netherlands. THE longest word you can type with your right hand is "monopoly". Why not try to find the longest coherent sentence for each hand, e.g. "I jump on my polo pony"? It beats working. Elisabeth Manning, Droitwich, Worcs. DESEGREGATED watercresses are longer one-handed words. Further examples are in my left-handed lament to Labour"s latest loss. Had it not involved a compromise with my right hand, I"d have called it "Left Out, or the Sound of One Hand Tapping". The last word of the poem, a 14-letter description of John Major"s majority, should close off further correspondence about the longest word you can touch type with one hand: it could go on for ever before . . . DEFEAT A reverse we reasserted afterwards Stewardesses axed taxes Effects are exaggerated we asseverated VAT reaggregated are C2s devastated We readdressed refettered greed We were defeated Redefeated Reredefeated Desecrated redevastated A decade 2 far we reasseverated Aftereffects are a Q 4 1 2 zzzzzzzzzzzzzz Paul Fisher, Bath Add your answer

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