Discombobulated


I adore words. They are my happy place when a touch of boredom sets into an unplanned day. Here are a few, with their meanings, that happened my way during a “long word” binge on the Internet.

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is one of the longest words in the dictionary — and, in an ironic twist, is the name for a fear of long words. Sesquipedalophobia is another term for the phobia. (I’ve never heard of this one.)

Antidisestablishmentarianism (/ˌæntidɪsɪˌstæblɪʃmənˈtɛəriənɪzəm/ ( listen), US also /ˌæntaɪ-/ ( listen)) is a position that advocates that a state Church (the “established church”) should continue to receive government patronage, rather than be disestablished. (I knew about this one but have never used it.)

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word as “a nonsense word, originally used esp. by children, and typically expressing excited approbation: fantastic, fabulous”, while Dictionary.com says it is “used as a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English.” (This one is an old favorite from the Mary Poppins movie.)

If you are feeling a little confused by these words, don’t worry, it may only mean that you are slightly discombobulated. Happy Saturday.

Brain Push-ups


Being between blogs, sheer boredom had me staring at the name on my body lotion container, Glysomed. While routinely rubbing the contents into my hands and arms, I began breaking the name down into as many different words as I could think of. I called this idle activity brain push-ups. It sounds somewhat like an activity don’t you think?

Bottom line is this one word, Glysomed, produced fifty 55 other words.

That was my brain push-up for the day…want to give it a try? Please let me know when you come up with more than fifty-five words, and accept my congratulations on being the best at brain push-ups. Happy Tuesday.

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