Errandonnee is a word with triple double letters

You remember Encyclopedia Brown, right? I loved those books when I was a kid. One mystery he solved involved a broken watch that was supposed to be given as a prize for a spelling bee. Encyclopedia Brown figured out who broke the watch because the culprit deliberately threw the bee, thus not winning the watch, which he knew was broken.

Encyclopedia Brown knew that the kid threw the bee (threw the bee!) because the final question was “Spell a word that has three sets of double letters,” and the kid couldn’t spell one, even though he worked as a bookkeeper, and therefore should have known.

Totally shaky circumstantial evidence, but there you go.

Anyway, my point is that maybe the kid could have used “errandonnee” – although he may have then been disqualified because it’s a made up word.

It was made up by M.G. of Chasing Mailboxes, and she uses it in a sentence thusly:

“It’s time for a March challenge designed for the utility cyclist with lots of errands to do, even in winter – the Errandonnee!


My cyclisty friends were all a-tweet about it last time she ran the challenge, and I vowed to play along the next time it happened.

Well, it’s happening, and I’m just now noticing. That leaves me with a fair amount of catch up by March 19th, but I think I can do it.

Is anyone else playing along? Let me know in the comments, and leave links to your blogs if you have them!

You can follow the Twitterness at #errandonnee.

(P.S. And now when you’re trying to remember how to spell “errandonnee” in your various tweets and blogs and letters to grandma, you’ll think of Encyclopedia Brown and thank me for the mnemonic device. You’re welcome.)

14 thoughts on “Errandonnee is a word with triple double letters

  1. I’m in the challenge this year again. Last year MG held it in February and somehow I made it by shear luck, weather being what it is here in Vermont and my utter lack of cold weather tolerance. I’m thankful for the March event, even though we are expecting 12″ of snow come Wednesday.

    • Thanks, Ayelet! I’m traveling right now and don’t have my bike with me – otherwise I’d be checking things off right now! I’m looking forward to getting back in the saddle, for sure.

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  3. Since I’m knee-deep in snow (had 2 beautiful days of melting then blasted with another winter storm!) and my country driveway is a big of an ice rink, I may not do much with this errandonnee but I’m going to make one up myself to get my butt on my bike once my driveway “muds-up”.

    Just added errandonnee to my spell check dictionary, so it’s an official word now!

      • Hey Jessie, Thank you visiting my write up. I did a bit of blog investigating (I’m really not a stalker!!) and read your article about beer in the little village of Georgetown. It caught my interest because there is a town in Colorado that has some mining history and as a child my parents drove me through on the way to skiing. It was not the same Georgetown but it was a great article and I’ll be sure to visit if I ever get to Seattle. Because….I like beer!
        You are a good writer, and you like bikes so you have that going for you!!
        Jim Bangs

        • Thank, Jim! You should definitely visit Seattle’s Georgetown if you end up in the area – we lived there for almost 3 years, and it’s a fantastic little neighborhood! There’s plenty of good beer in Seattle, and in Portland, too. I’m sure I’ll be writing up more of my beer adventures as I explore my new city. πŸ™‚

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