I’ve always loved words. My current bathroom reading, for instance, is a dictionary of word origins. I’m reading it word for word. I try to read it regularly.
I forget when I learned the word floccinaucinihilipilification. But it stuck. It’s the longest non-scientific word in the English language. Which, of course, begs the question:
Floccinaucinihilipilification is the act of determining something to be useless.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a coal miner’s lung disease.
pneumono – related to the lungs
ultramicroscopic – really small
silico – dust
volcano – volcanic
coniosis – related to inflammation (also pulled from the pre-existing and more common pneumonoconiosis)
I was a bit flummoxed to learn tonight that my pronunciation of both of these words was slightly off. I’m giving myself grace, though, because the “push-this-button-to-hear-the-word-pronounced-correctly” button didn’t exist in my adolescence.