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RatherDashing

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PostSubject: long words   Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:00 pm

first, the obvious one--
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

next, one i got from a geico commercial and i had to find out what it meant-
floccinaucinihilipilification, the longest non-technical word in the english language

any others? also, first to tell me the definition gets a...prize?
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:55 pm

The definition for pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, mostly found in volcanos".

Wow! I never even knew there was such a long word.
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:04 pm

i so want to get that disease...
not to be floccinaucinihilipilificating, but i know more long words than the rest of you
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:20 pm

LOL! I'm too lazy to google up floccinaucinihilipilificating. What does it mean?

How do you know all of these super long unheard-off words?
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:06 am

pnuemonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis can be found in the dictionary, its usually the longest one in there and it stands out...
floccinaucinihilipilification was used on a Geico commercial, it was a spelling bee word...
i had to know if it was real so i googled it-it means demeaning or making something out to be worthless--flocc is a very cheap cloth fiber, i think,
so being floccinaucinihilipilificating is be demeaning. very useful in common language, much more so than pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:04 pm

brain cramp. your long long words disorient me. i quit.
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:55 am

victorious! (spelled wrong i think!) huzzah! (spelled right since it's not a word!)
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:47 pm

You spelled victorious right.

On a more related note, whats that really long made-up word from Mary Poppins? I can't seem to remember. ><
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:56 pm

I unquit i guess. Supercalafradgalisticexpialidocious. I seriously don't know if that's spelled right.
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:32 am

that one is dumb b/c it doesn't even sound like a word, it doesn't mean anything, and people saying it think it makes them smart but it doesn't
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:32 pm

I know I'm scared for my future because I've remebered that word.
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:05 am

RatherDashing, it's not a word at all. So technically it shouldn't even count, but we decided to mention it anyway.

And your argument can be used against pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
, anyone that uses that word is just trying to be witty or something to that nature. Have you seen ANYONE use that word in a serious conversation? I s'pose scientists and the like in that field may use it sparingly, but still.
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:54 pm

at least pneumo.... has a meaning, but you're right, it doesn't have use in everyday conversation. it's the longest word in the dictionary, but flocci...is better because it is the longest nontechnical word...if you go into scientific terms they get ridiculously long. I think everyone should start saying floccinaucinihilipilification b/c it does have an everyday use and it could change the word if everyone started to use it more...
RatherDashing dreams of a world where words over 5 syllables are more commonly used than words under 5 syllables
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:51 pm

That world will most likely never happen, due to the fact that that we already have a languages established with many more short words than long words. And certain words such as "a", or "the" would be extremely hard to find 5-syllable replacements for, don't you think?

Not only that, but prefixes and suffixes are based upon the meaning of the word, and you can only add so much of them to increase word length.
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:28 pm

I have no idea what's going on right now in this conversation.
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Mon Sep 25, 2006 6:25 pm

alas, i guess my dreams shall never come to fruition..thanks for smashing my hope elven
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:24 pm

I'm here to help. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:19 am

AAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
i don't even believe it elven...i'm sure you were put on this earth fr some other purpose then helping people with kol...but let's not get metaphysical
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:00 pm

Toodles wrote:
The definition for pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, mostly found in volcanos".

Actually I thought that silicosis was the word fot that disease, I guess I'll go to bed less ignorant tonight.
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:12 pm

Well thats what google said...
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:56 am

silicosis would be a disease caused by particles... very unspecific. without pnuemo you don't know that it's a lung disease...without ultramicroscopic you dont know that the particles are very small... without volcanoco you don't know it's volcanic ash.
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PostSubject: Re: long words   Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:08 pm

Some thoughts about entymology (or is that bugs? maybe its etymology" anyway, some thoughts about roots of words--

consider the following...
i played monopoly last night, and started to think-- monopoly itself is a contradiction in terms (one-many) this made me think of monocle, and some other mono words. and if you think all word roots are the same, consider this--
ever heard of the lego product Bionicle? look at the parts of that word. If monocle is a single eye-lens (ocle like ocular) then wouldn't bionicle be two eye-lenses? so Bionicle is really just glasses, and these powerful robots guys are really just a bunch of four-eyes
That's Something to Think About!
(p.s.- if anyone can recognize the four hidden "pop" culture references here, [not including monoploy or bionicle] i'll give them a groat)
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