A rude word has surfaced on Countdown's letters game

This is the hilarious moment Countdown brainbox Rachel Riley was forced to spell out the word 'bumhole'.

Rachel Riley spells out the word bulge, but there's worse to come. Picture: SWNS

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.

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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.”

Rachel Riley spells out the word bulge, but there's worse to come. Picture: SWNS

“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!”

Rachel Riley, looking dutifully embarrassed, beside the offending word. Picture: SWNS
Rachel Riley spells out the word bulge, but there's worse to come. Picture: SWNS
Rachel Riley, looking dutifully embarrassed, beside the offending word. Picture: SWNS