Friday, November 28, 2008


At one time this English-speaking word was touted as the longest one in our language, with 28 letters and 12 syllables. This word became popular when it was used in a national spelling bee. For some unknown reason, this sociologist, as a youngster, memorized it!...even now!
There are longer words that have been coined JUST to be longer but wordsmiths don't recognize them as official. SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS was coined, by the way, for a song in Mary Poppins! And I feel like everyone of you can say or sing it...right?
BUT, "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicolcaniosis" is considered by the Guinness Book as the longest for 2007 (a lung medical term).
The word in the title, by the way, comes from the 19th century and deals with a group opposed to removing the Church of England as the state church.
As for me, and probably most of you? We simply are attached to that Mary Poppins song!
That, my readers, makes a "social commentary" neat! Yes, go ahead at this very moment and ring out with "supercalifragilisticeexpialidocious", no mater where you are and what you are doing. Live excitingly, boldly and originally!!!!!!

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