If you were missing word a day last week here is what you missed.
FROM A WORD A DAY
Last week's theme: loooong words.
A lung disease caused by inhaling fine particles of silica.
[From New Latin, from Greek pneumono- (lung) + Latin ultra- (beyond,
extremely) + Greek micro- (small) + -scopic (looking) + Latin silico
(like sand) + volcano + Greek konis (dust) + -osis (condition).]
Even though we have included the pronunciation of this word, we advise
caution lest you may have to avail the services of an otorhinolaryngologist
(a throat, nose, and ear specialist).
Estimating something as worthless.
[From Latin flocci, from floccus (tuft of wool) + nauci, from naucum
(a trifling thing) + nihili, from Latin nihil (nothing) + pili, from pilus
(a hair, trifle) + -fication (making).]
This word was coined by combining four Latin terms flocci, nauci, nihili,
pili, all meaning something of little or no value, which were listed in
the well-known "Eton Latin Grammar" of Eton College in the UK.
Opposition to separation of the church and state.
[From Latin anti- (against) + dis- (apart, away) + English establish, from
Latin stabilire, from stare (to stand) + -arian (one who supports) + Greek
-ism (practice or state).]
At 28 letters, it's the best-known example of a long word. Here's how you
can parse the word: one of the meanings of the word establishment is making
a church an institution of the state. In the late 19th century England, there
was a movement for the separation of the church and state: disestablishment.
Those opposed to the idea of separation were antidisestablishmentarians.
You can see where it's going. Why not a contraantidisestablishmentarianism?
(ON-uh-rif-i-kay-bi-li-too-DIN-i-tee, -tyoo-) noun
[From Medieval Latin honorificabilitudinitas, from Latin honor.]
Another form of this, honorificabilitudinitatibus (27 letters), is the
longest word Shakespeare ever used. It comes out of the mouth of Costard,
the clown, in Love's Labour's Lost:
"I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word;
for thou art not so long by the head as
honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier
swallowed than a flap-dragon."
Most of the longest words in
English are names of chemical compounds, names
of diseases or technical words, and not very interesting to remember or talk
about. This week, we'll feature five long words that are fun to write and
internationalization (in-tuhr-NASH-uh-nuh-ly-ZAY-shun) noun
1. The act or process of making something international or placing
it under international control.
2. Making a product or process suitable for use around the globe.