The Book of Word Records: A Look at Some of the Strangest, Shortest, Longest, and Overall Most Remarkable Words in the English Language
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From antidisestablishmentarianism to zo, a unrivaled collection of today's greatest words!
Have you ever wondered what the longest word in the dictionary is? Or the origin of your go-to curse word?
With The Book of Word Records, you'll uncover hundreds of bizarre, ugly, gross, and otherwise extreme words that have what it takes to break some serious records. From the seven longest speeches ever given to twelve of the most popular passwords used today, each of these entries reveals the history behind the world's most noteworthy expressions and fascinating details on how they stack up against the competition. You'll also learn how to step up your vocabulary with pronunciations, definitions, and sample sentences for each award-winning word.
Whether you're a Scrabble champ looking to get a high score or just want to impress those around you, The Book of Word Records is sure to surprise even the most skilled wordsmith with its one-of-a-kind superlative lists.
aliens won’t understand a lick of. We’ll find out in forty years (Gliese 581 c and d are both approximately twenty light years away), we suppose. 1. 100,000 Craigslist Ads, 10,000,000 words (approximate) In 2005, one of the most important messages in human history was beamed into space. “Free kittens to a good home.” Aliens probably love kittens, don’t you think? That’s what Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster was betting on, anyway, when the company started a campaign to send posts into outer space.
name.) Both artists just happened to put out songs with titles that are fifty-three words long, so they’re gonna have to share this one. First, on Test Dept’s 1987 album A Good Night Out, we have the second track, titled, “Long Live British Democracy Which Flourishes And Is Constantly Perfected Under The Immaculate Guidance Of The Great, Honourable, Generous And Correct Margaret Hilda Thatcher. She Is The Blue Sky In The Hearts Of All Nations. Our People Pay Homage And Bow In Deep Respect And
two boundaries of which the eye could not see from any point.” You’re probably exhausted just from reading those short excerpts, but you get the idea. Probably. Maybe. Right? Look, it wouldn’t make a whole lot more sense if you read the whole thing, so let’s just all take the time we saved to go for a lovely nature walk, cool? (We’ll stay inside while you guys go, because outside is all sunny and stuff.) 4. Ulysses, 12,931 words Ulysses, or as it’s commonly known by English majors, “Seinfeld:
alone). Long names rarely work. Except, well, sometimes they do, and they end up just being an everyday thing with an unwieldy name, like the following. 5. Tie: Oxford English Dictionary and Encyclopaedia Britannica, 23 letters It’s a tie in fifth place for two of the juggernauts of English language reference titles. Oxford English Dictionary and Encyclopaedia Britannica both have twenty-three letters in their name (unless you put that æ symbol in Encyclopædia, which would bring it down to
By the time you’re done, the party will be over, or you’ll be unconscious from the effort. Either way, you won. How an Oxford Editor Screwed Up the Dictionary for Forty Years The Oxford English Dictionary is the most comprehensive dictionary ever made, and we are huge fans of it. Not only does it have contemporary and commonly used words like every other dictionary on earth, but it also includes hundreds of thousands of archaic and rare words, including foreign loanwords. What’s more, Oxford