August is archive month. Posts from the past
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For a project finding out the strategies adults used to spell unfamiliar words, I had hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian which is to do with the fear of very long words though that’s from memory, haven’t googled yet. I also had floccinaucinihilipilification which is the act of estimating something as worthless. Neither of those words are as much of a challenge to spell as ‘guard’ and ‘guardian’ both of which, as I typed trying to remember which way round the u and the a go, I got wrong!
I am deeply impressed.
Looked it up and discovered that Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative Somerset MP) made the record books when he used it in the House of Commons in 2012 and it is now the longest word in Hansard. You can hear him saying it (more than once) at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17156658
Wikidictionary says it was originally made up by Eton schoolboys…
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