Posted at 11:37 AM on May 15, 2007
by Sanden Totten
After hearing the rap from last week's Loopcast, someone sent me a new word: sesquipedalian. It's basically a big word that means using big words. I can't believe I didn't put this in the rap . . . but then again, can you think of a good rhyme for sesquipedalian? Post your best couplets below, I dare you.
And for the sesquipadantalists in the house, here is a treat. I looked up the longest word in the English language. Ya'll ready for this?
It's a five dollar way of saying black lung disease. Funny thing is, it wasn't really a word until 1935 when the National Puzzler's League coined the term to tout it as the longest word in the language. It was a scam but they pushed its usage in dictionaries and eventually it caught on. Now it seems to be a legit addition to our collective vocabulary. Before that the longest word was electrophotomicrographically (a paltry 28 letters versus the 45 of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis).
Oddly enough, most people I talk to think this is the longest word in English.
ps: Go ahead. Try and rhyme pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, I double dare you.
Okay sucka MC's. I'm gonna take my own challenge because I've apparently stumped you all.
I was coughing up a storm so I kicked it to my doc, I asked him "man, what's the diagnosis?"
He looked me in the eye then he replied
OK Sanden, did you know of this song?
"Great Big Words" by Tom Chapin.
Another unschooling mom sent it to me :)