This is the hilarious moment Countdown brainbox Rachel Riley was forced to spell out the word “bumhole”.
Linguistics expert Susie Dent was embarrassed to admit to host Nick Hewer she was able to beat the previous five-letter offering of ‘bulge’.
It would have scored seven points on Monday’s show.
It was discovered by Dent who was accompanied on Dictionary Corner by Janet Street-Porter, who refused to spell out the word to Hewer and said: “I can’t say it.”
“Ok, lets get it over quickly.,” Dent said. “Bumhole is there.”
Hewer raised an eyebrow and said: “Bumhole? It’s going to be one of those days is it?”
Summing up the surprise many Twitter users felt, Callum Chetwynd said: “Why has the word ‘bumhole’ just been used on Countdown. And who knew it was one word!”