Tuesday, August 23

longum verborum

Hmm. So they actually didn't find the longest word in the English language?

"O, they have lived long on the alms-basket of words.
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."
                                                              ~ Shakespeare, Love's Labor Lost

*Brownie points if you can pronounce it. 

For those wishing to improve their non-academic vocabulary with *usable* (even if no one else knows what the heck you mean--join the club) try reading some O. Henry short stories. Or a Booth Tarkington novel. Or any classic book, or well-written poetry, really. Finding new extensive words in a good, well-written book is like chocolate chips in a cookie for me. 


My mom wishes the earthquake which struck D.C., Virginia and New York today had taken some politicians with it! Can't say I blame her, as the politicians do a lot of damage down there.....

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