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Encyclopedia > Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
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Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis ( Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.ogg , also spelled -koniosis) is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust found in volcanoes'." It was coined to serve as the longest English word. The more general and widely used term for this condition is pneumoconiosis. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Image File history File links Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis2. ... Image File history File links Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis2. ... The Oxford English Dictionary print set The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP), and is the most successful dictionary of the English language, (not to be confused with the one-volume Oxford Dictionary of English, formerly New Oxford Dictionary of English, of... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Pneumoconiosis, also known as coal workers pneumoconiosis, miners asthma, or black lung disease, is a lung condition caused by the inhalation of dust, characterized by formation of nodular fibrotic changes in lungs. ...

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It is the longest word ever to appear in an English language dictionary. This 45-letter and 19 syllable word, referred to by logologists as "p45", first appeared in the OED in 1936, and has also since appeared in the Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Seventh Edition, the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged, and Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary. There are endless debates over what is the longest word in the English language, demonstrating that the idea of what constitutes a word is not as straightforward as it seems. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For other uses, see Dictionary (disambiguation). ... There are endless debates over what is the longest word in the English language, demonstrating that the idea of what constitutes a word is not as straightforward as it seems. ... OED stands for Oxford English Dictionary Office of Enrollment & Discipline This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1888 advertisement for Websters Dictionary Websters Dictionary is a common title given to English language dictionaries in the United States, deriving its name from American lexicographer Noah Webster. ... 1888 advertisement for Websters Dictionary Websters Dictionary is the common title given to English language dictionaries in the United States, derived from American lexicographer Noah Webster. ... The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged was the original name of a large American dictionary, first published in 1966, and recently renamed the Random House Websters Unabridged Dictionary. ... Merriam-Webster, originally known as the G. & C. Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, is a United States company that publishes reference books, especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Websters An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). ...


Coinage

Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics revealed in several articles that the word was invented in 1935 by Everett M. Smith, president of the National Puzzlers' League, at its annual meeting. The word figured in the headline for an article published by the New York Herald Tribune on February 23, 1935 titled "Puzzlers Open 103rd Session Here by Recognizing 45-Letter Word": 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... The National Puzzlers League (NPL) is a nonprofit organization focused on puzzling, primarily in the realm of word play and word games. ... The New York Herald Tribune was a newspaper created in 1924 when the New York Tribune acquired the New York Herald. ...

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis succeeded electrophotomicrographically as the longest word in the English language recognized by the National Puzzlers' League at the opening session of the organization's 103rd semi-annual meeting held yesterday at the Hotel New Yorker. The puzzlers explained that the forty-five-letter word is the name of a special form of silicosis caused by ultra-microscopic particles of silica volcanic dust.[1]

Subsequently, the word was used in a puzzle book, Bedside Manna, after which members of the NPL campaigned to have it included in major dictionaries, eventually succeeding with the 1936 supplement to the OED and Webster's Second.[2]


In popular culture

  • In the Simpsons episode Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy, Abe Simpson lists this disease off along with several other old-timey references as to what is troubling Homer in the beginning of the episode.
  • In the Rocket Power episode "Tito's Lucky Shell", Twister, despite being a terrible speller, managed to ace his spelling test, including the bonus word, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  • In the movie Beerfest, Charlie "Fink" Finklestein (Steve Lemme) refers to one of his students as having discovered a form of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

Simpsons redirects here. ... Grampa vs. ... Rocket Power promotion shot Rocket Power is an American animated television series that aired from August 16, 1999 until July 30, 2004 on Nickelodeon. ... Beerfest is a beer-themed comedy film by the comedy group Broken Lizard released 2006. ... Steve Lemme is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and one of the members of the Broken Lizard comedy group. ...

See also

The longest word in English depends upon the definition of what constitutes an English word. ... Look up floccinaucinihilipilification in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up Antidisestablishmentarianism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

References

  1. ^ WordWays.com: The Biggest Hoax
  2. ^ A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia

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Strangely, the number of reported cases of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis continued to multiply by 130.2 every 10 years, and in 1990 there were 508,561 reported cases of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (including 37,500 deaths attributed directly to pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis; and 184,000 aggravated cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, which were believed to be caused by a less virulent strain of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis).
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis will probably never be an existing word in the Chinese language, because there is at least one r in it, which the Chinese would be incapable of pronouncing.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is also considered a demon in the culture of secret Nazi Koreans, and they ward it off by sacrificing discarded condoms to their Lords, the Ents.
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