Tuesday, August 29, 2006

English is a phunny and a LONG language!

I was surfing through some blogs the other day, when I found a cool blog, whose name claimed to be the Longest word in the English langauge.

That got me interested and after some research in Wikipedia - that great ocean of information for info geeks like me - I found that there are many long words in English, that are each individual claimants to the post/honour of being the longest words. Its funny and interesting to see how people manage to come up with words which no-one is likely to use in their entire life. Most of us struggle with "amalgamation", and here we are creating words that are about a mile long!

Anyways, these are some of the links from Wiki pertaining to the topic -
Wiki_LW_MainPage
Wiki_LW_ByConstruction
Wiki_LW_ByPlaceNames
Wiki_LW_Floccinaucinihilipilification
Wiki_LW_Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

And the best one! This one is just plain hilarious! -

In 1975, the 71-letter Twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun was used in a McDonald's Restaurant advertisement to describe the Big Mac.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is a jocular term for phobia, indicating fear of long words

Till some more such interesting nonsense is brought to my notice by accidentally stumbling across as I crawl across the internet, bbye!


PS: The factual accuracy of the above links cannot be verified, as Wikipedia is an open-source, open-edit Encyclopedia, so all 'facts' must be taken with a grain of salt.

2 comments:

dEbOLiN said...

Hey Rajiv !!!
Very true. Which one is the longest word is a very debatable issue, no doubt. That's why I had written 'Pneumono.....koniosis' was the longest in English Dictionary [Please check out this Oxford + Wikipedia link : http://www.answers.com/topic/longest-word-in-english ]. This,in spite of being a part of the dictionary, is NOT considered so by many as it's actually a medical term, the name of a disease. Still many of the pundits believe flocci­nauci­nihili­pilificastically to be the longest English word. I was aware of McDonald's 'Twoallbeefpatti...seedbun' but this is NOT really a word in the English Dictionary. Rather it's an amalgamation of many words.

Rajiv Iyer said...

hey, ya - its become a bit of a madness, dont u think - people are conjuring up new words, so as to beat the previous record, so its kind of becoming a gimmick - but nyways, kool to see u visiting my crappy blog (I know my place :P)

keep visiting