Sunday, February 22, 2009

Long words bore me

When I was in college the word antidisestablishmentarianism was being touted around as being a very long word that showed just how smart you were. Pulling out my handy-dandy dictionary I attempted looking up the word but couldn't find it. I did find antidisesablishment and establishmentarism— so I took their combined meanings and proceeded adding prefixes and suffixes to the word to show off. Fortunately/unfortunately I lost my type-written paper so I had to start over. I now realize that the word did exist (just not in my dictionary) and proceeded to build up the word again. I never realized that what I was doing was building an entomology of the word until I looked up the word recently to get my baseline of the definition. Here is what I came up with:

antidisestablishmentarianism
The movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
pro- + antidisestablishmentarianism
Being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
neo- + proantidisestablishmentarianism
Recently being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
pre- + neoproantidisestablishmentarianism
Just before recently being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
semi- + preneoproantidisestablishmentarianism
The moment somewhat just before recently being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
quasi- + semipreneoproantidisestablishmentarianism
Something that partly resembles the moment somewhat just before recently being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
multi- + quasisemipreneoproantidisestablishmentarianism
Multiple instances of that something that partly resembles the moment somewhat just before recently being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
anthro- + multiquasisemipreneoproantidisestablishmentarianism
The human quality to have multiple instances of that something that partly resembles the moment somewhat just before recently being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
anthromultiquasisemipreneoproantidisestablishmentarianism + -ology
The study of the human quality to have multiple instances of that something that partly resembles the moment somewhat just before recently being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
anthromultiquasisemipreneoproantidisestablishmentarianismology + -sosis
The disease relating to the study of the human quality to have multiple instances of that something that partly resembles the moment somewhat just before recently being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.
anthromultiquasisemipreneoproantidisestablishmentarianismologysosis + -ystic
The symptoms of the disease relating to the study of the human quality to have multiple instances of that something that partly resembles the moment somewhat just before recently being for the movement or ideology of advocates opposed to the separation of a religious group and a government.

So…

anthromultiquasisemipreneoproantidisestablishmentarianismologysosisysticly speaking… it's all a bunch of bull.

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