10 English Words Made Entirely From Letter Sounds

grammagrams words letters pronounced excellency xlnc english language

A thing of B-U-T is a joy forever.

— John Keats

Have you ever used U instead of YOU, or V instead of WE, or R instead of ARE? Do you know what such words are called? If not, then read on.

Words with strange pronunciations, meanings, and appearance – we have seen them all in our previous posts on Phantonyms, Contronyms, and Heteronyms. In this post, we bring you words which are fun to use and are really handy in places where you have character limits – such as on Twitter, or when you want to send a quick text message to someone.

Let’s meet the Grammagrams – words made of letter sounds that can be pronounced aloud. A grammagram (coined by Richard Lederer) can be written using letters completely different from its actual spelling and still be pronounced the same. They are a hit with today’s social media-savvy generation. So let’s dive right into the world of grammagrams.


1. Escapee

grammagrams words letters pronounced escapee skp english language

What three letters escaped from your prison? SKP.


2. Devious

grammagrams words letters pronounced devious dvs english language

What three letters describe a witch? DVS.


3. Beauty

grammagrams words letters pronounced beauty but english language

What three letters are a joy forever? BUT.

4. Odious

grammagrams words letters pronounced odious ods english language

What three letters look bad? ODS.


5. Excess

grammagrams words letters pronounced excess xs english language

What two letters are way too much to handle? XS.


6. Enemy

grammagrams words letters pronounced enemy nme english language

What three letters do you hate? NME.


7. Envy

grammagrams words letters pronounced envy nv english language

What two letters are a sin? NV.


8. Excel

grammagrams words letters pronounced excel xl english language

What two letters help you succeed in life? XL.


9. Cutie

grammagrams words letters pronounced cutie qt english language

What two letters would describe a baby? QT


10. Excellency

grammagrams words letters pronounced excellency xlnc english language

What four letters spell an ambassador’s name? XLNC.


If only English language was this easy we would’ve never needed to learn spellings.


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