Interesting Word to Rate Your Reading Skills

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While I was surfing the net, I spotted the word Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis accidentally. You might be interested to know and try to rate your reading skills.

Definition of the Word

An English Dictionary defined the word Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis as "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, mostly found in volcanos". It was originally coined simply to serve as the longest English word but has been used in several sources as an approximation of its originally intended definition. The name generally used to describe this condition is pneumoconiosis, which is much shorter.

Etymology of the Word

The word Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis was originated from the seven words that has its own meaning such as (1) pneumono which is related to lungs (Latin, from Greek), (2) ultra which is beyond (Latin, as in "ultraviolet"), (3) microscopic which is extremely small (Latin/Old English, from Greek mikron, small, and skopos, view), (4) silico which is silica (Latin), (5) volcano which also volcano (Latin), (6) coni which related to dust (Greek: konis, dust) and (7) osis (Greek) which is disease or condition.

The plural of this word is equally long - pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses. This 45-letter word, referred to by logologists as, first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1936, and has also since appeared in the Webster's Third New International Dictionary, the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged, and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Medical Dictionary.

Everett M. Smith--the Inventor

But critics of its designation as the longest word complained that it is a technical term, and not worthy of consideration as the "longest word in general usage". It was said also that the word was originally intended as a hoax. Researchers discovered that the word was invented in 1935 by Everett M. Smith, president of the National Puzzlers' League, at their annual meeting.

The word occurred in a newspaper headline about the meeting, after which it was picked up by an author of puzzle books. Members of the National Puzzlers' League then campaigned to have it included in major dictionaries, eventually succeeding with the Oxford English Dictionary and Webster's Third.

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I am a web content creator, on-line marketer, products and services promoter, on-line writer and a Filipino blogger; I write about anything under the sun; making fun and socializing other Net users.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2011 (#)

You're always welcome Geny.

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author avatar mountainside
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Hi, I tried to break it down in pieces, came up with small pieces of particals that land in the air after a volcanic eruption. "o) Then I read the definition. Not quite there. Thanks.

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2011 (#)

hahaha - you really had gone through ha friend. I also tried to say it though between the words volcano and coni I stopped.

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author avatar TNT_Brian
15th Jan 2011 (#)

interesting article, i learned of this word and the fact that it was some kind of illness many years ago, however i had never heard the part about it being made up just to be the longest word, that's not very supercalifragelisticexpedaliocious!

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2011 (#)

me too - I saluted to teh person who had invented this word. he is brilliant.

I looked up the word "supercalifragelisticexpedaliocious" at wikipedia and it is a song for the 1964 Disney musical film Mary Poppins which is spelled as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". thanks for sharing friend Brian.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jan 2011 (#)

LOL Brian, good one.
ppruel, very interesting read, as always.
Congrats on the star page, it is always deserved my friend.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise for the kind words. I tried to rate my speed and my reading skills but not as fast as what the boy done on his video.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Ahhh . . I see.

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks James for your time. I appreciate it.

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author avatar zed
15th Jan 2011 (#)

interesting read ppruel :)

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Zed, nice to see you again.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Perfect work, you have earned the star

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author avatar ppruel
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Martin for dropping by and commenting. Nice to read you again.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
19th Jan 2011 (#)

Wow what a word! Great find ppruel. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the star :)

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author avatar ppruel
19th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you also Angelique for your time and commenting. I do appreciate it.

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author avatar R. Person
16th Feb 2011 (#)

I came pretty close! This is a really interesting article.

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author avatar ppruel
16th Feb 2011 (#)

thanks rachel for dropping by and commenting. i appreciate it.

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