Daily Archives: August 14, 2006

Floccinaucinihilipilification

This strange, almost unreadable word is not as long as pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (which is the longest word in the dictionary), but it comes as a close second. I’ve been given it by Anu Garg, who is the provider of A Word A Day, an email service anyone can subscribe to, still free of charge after many, many years. Anu is a lover of words, and wants to share that love. At this time, there are over 600,000 subscribers to her daily word send off. The words range from the simple to the obscure, and usually have a weekly theme.

Floccinaucinihilipilification, by the way, means “estimating something as worthless”. There is irony, here.

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