which at 29 letters long is one of the longest words in the English Oxford Dictionary and simply means 'the action or habit of estimating something as worthless'.
What only 29 letters?
Why, this pales into insignificance when you learn that I can say (the fact that I can't spell it being neither here nor there)
from song in 1964 Disney movie version of "Mary Poppins;" subject of a lawsuit based on earlier song title "Supercalafajalistickexpialadojus" (1949), but other versions of the word also were in circulation.
which, mentioned in the film Mary Poppins, is 34 letters long and means 'good'.
Anyway, I digress ......
October the 16th, a day for lexicographers everywhere, Dictionary Day was founded to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Noah Webster who, born on this day in 1758, is considered the father of the modern dictionary.
Started when he was aged 43 it took Webster some 27 years to write A Compendious Of The English Language which in addition to traditional English vocabulary contained uniquely American words.
But what of today's dictionaries?
- Considered by many as one of the best online dictionaries ONELOOK.COM searches 1062 online dictionaries for you and as well as being able to look up meanings it also has a 'reverse' dictionary which allows you to to describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept.
- LUCIFEROUS LOGLEPSY is a must have resource for those in search of obscure words.
- And for keeping in touch with the 'yoof'? URBAN DICTIONARY.COM is the site to visit.
- Not a dictionary in the strictest sense of the word, whilst the ONLINE ETYMOLOGY DICTIONARY does not offer a definition of words it does offer an explanation of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 OR, even, 2000 years ago.
- Just a bit of fun really ..... THE ENGLISH TO GEORDIE TRANSLATOR may prove handy if I should go all native on you.
Care to share any more such sites with us OR how about sharing ......
- The longest word you know
- Any obscure words (How about Tautegorical? adj. - saying the same thing with different words, opposite of allegorical)
- Your favourite word(s) (mind include Cacophony and Penultimate)
- Any words that, not to be found in the dictionary, are common to where you live.