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PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS

PRONUNCIATION: (NOO-muh-noh-UL-truh-MY-kruh-SKOP-ik-SIL-i-koh-vol-KAY-no-KOH-nee-O-sis, nyoo-)

MEANING: noun: A lung disease caused by silica dust.

ETYMOLOGY: From New Latin, from Greek pneumono- (lung) + Latin ultra- (beyond, extremely) + Greek micro- (small) + -scopic (looking) + Latin silico (like sand) + volcano + Greek konis (dust) + -osis (condition). Earliest documented use: 1935.

NOTES: Even though we have included the pronunciation of this word, we advise caution lest you may have to avail the services of an otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist).

At 45 letters, it’s the longest word in any English language dictionary. It’s a trophy word -- its only job is to serve as the longest word. In day-to-day use, its nine-letter synonym “silicosis” works just as well. Whatever you call it, it is deadly. Here’s the story of an incident.

And what’s the shortest word in the English language? There are a number of them: A, I, O, but we’ll have to give it to I which is the skinniest as well. Try defining either of them in fewer letters than the spelling of the word.
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PNEURONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS - a complicated degenerative disease of nerve cells (the P is silent, like the P in swimming)

PUN-EU-MONO-ULTRAM/IC-ROSCO-PICS-LILICO-VOLCANOCONIOSIS - play on words about truly-single-generic-arthritis-pills-showing-pictures-of-guns-owned-by-paper-cup-manufacturer-on-mountainous-volcanoes

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COPPER-BOTTOMED

PRONUNCIATION: (kop-uhr-BOT-uhmd)

MEANING: adjective: Reliable, genuine, or trustworthy.

ETYMOLOGY: From the practice of covering a ship’s hull with copper (or alloy) to protect it from salt water and marine organisms. Earliest documented use: 1795. Don’t confuse this term with copperplate.
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HOPPER-BOTTOMED - with legs like a rabbit or a kangaroo, for effective jumping

CHOPPER-BOTTOMED - having false teeth for the lower jaw only

COPPER-BLOTTO-MED - the pill that the police use to treat a hangover

FLOPSAM - poker player turns cards at showdown [Re: wofahulicodoc] #227910
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FLOTSAM

PRONUNCIATION: (FLOT-suhm)

MEANING: noun:
1. Goods found floating after a shipwreck.
2. People or things considered useless or unimportant.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French floter (to float). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pleu- (to flow), which is also the source of flow, float, flit, fly, flutter, pulmonary, pneumonia, pluvial, and fletcher. Earliest documented use: 1607.
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FLOATSAM - called to Detective Spade when he fell overboard

FLOTOSAM - part of CB radio exchange between Florence and Samantha

FLOSSAM - what your dentist wants you to do to your teeth more often

FLEEWAY - a disorganized retreat [Re: wofahulicodoc] #227914
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LEEWAY

PRONUNCIATION: (LEE-way)

MEANING: noun: The amount of freedom to do something: margin or latitude.

ETYMOLOGY: In nautical terminology, leeway is the sideways drift of a ship to leeward (away from wind). From Old English hleo (shelter) + way. Earliest documented use: 1669.
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LEEWAX - what you put on the sheltered side of the boat to minimize resistance

LEESWAY - how the Confederate C-in-C did things

LE WAY - the Eightfold Path sought by French Buddhists

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JETSAM

PRONUNCIATION: (JET-suhm)

MEANING: noun:
1. Goods thrown overboard to lighten a ship in distress.
2. Discarded material, debris, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: An alteration of the word jettison. Earlier, jettison was the act of throwing goods overboard to lighten a ship in distress. From Latin jactare (to throw), frequentative of jacere (to throw). Earliest documented use: 1491.
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METS A.M. - the New York Metropolitans have a game in the morning

JETSCAM - that free airplane ticket offer you got was a fraud

JETS ARM - Joe Namath, no doubt about it

truly, that's getting a rum deal [Re: wofahulicodoc] #227918
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GROGGY

PRONUNCIATION: (GROG-ee)

MEANING: adjective: Dazed, weak, or unsteady, as from lack of sleep, tiredness, sickness, intoxication, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: After Old Grog, nickname of Admiral Edward Vernon (1684-1757), who ordered diluted rum to be served to his sailors (and thus helped coin the term grog). The admiral earned the nickname from his habit of wearing a grogram cloak. Grogram is a coarse fabric of silk, wool, mohair, or a blend of them. The word grogram is from French gros grain (large grain or texture). Earliest documented use: 1770.
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GROGGUY - the plant store owner has a green thumb

GROGGLY - a particularly deceptive cricket pitch bowl

BROGGY - having a prominent Scottish accent


FARIAN - a French do-nothing [Re: wofahulicodoc] #227920
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FABIAN

PRONUNCIATION: (FAY-bee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Avoiding direct confrontation; cautious; delaying.

ETYMOLOGY: After the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (c. 280-203 BCE), from his guerrilla tactics in not engaging the enemy directly. Instead, he chose the war of attrition, avoiding direct confrontation, disrupting the enemy’s supply lines, etc. For this, he also earned the nickname Cunctator Earliest documented use: 1598.
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MABIAN - one who can see both sides to every argument, and is therefore chronically unable to makeup his mind

FA, BRIAN - No, Mr. Eno, the note before sol would really sound better there

FABIWAN - Ben Kenobi's younger brother. The force was weak in that one.

STE-NT - before STE-XP and STE-Vista [Re: wofahulicodoc] #227922
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STENT

PRONUNCIATION: (stent)

MEANING: noun: A tube inserted into a blocked vessel to keep it open.

ETYMOLOGY: After the dentist Charles R. Stent (1845-1901). Stent did pioneering work in coming up with a compound that made better molds for dentures. Later, the compound was used to make casts of other body parts and cavities. Stents correct stenosis (narrowing). Earliest documented use: 1878. The word stentorian is also an eponym, but it came from someone else
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STERT - a snorer

P.S.TENT - a portable outdoor shelter brought along as an afterthought

S-TEST - what statistician William S Gossett was fiddling with just before he conceived Student's t-test

RHYMENEAL - Shaquille O. [Re: wofahulicodoc] #227924
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HYMENEAL

PRONUNCIATION: (hy-muh-NEE-uhl)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to a wedding or marriage.
noun: A wedding song or poem.

ETYMOLOGY: After Hymen, the god of marriage in Greek mythology. Earliest documented use: 1602
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HUME,NEAL - philosopher David's younger brother

HYMNEAL - like A Mighty Fortress

HYMENTAL - lofty thoughts

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