Pneumono . . .

Have you ever noticed how once you hear something that you’ve never heard before—a word, a concept, something in the news, etc.—suddenly you start to encounter it everywhere? This seems to happen to me a lot. But this week’s example is likely to be the most random ever. In working on two different projects, for two different clients, that have practically nothing in common, I came across this word: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Which, according to one of the projects I was working on, is the longest technical word to ever appear in an English-language dictionary. And which, according to the other project, is a good word for practicing your memory skills—and if you break it down into its components, it’s a lot easier to remember than a random string of letters.

2 Responses to “Pneumono . . .”

  1. Mia Says:

    I’m a big fan of this word – it’s a kind of lung disease, I think. We learned it in my fifth-grade class for some reason. In high school, I used to teach it to kids I babysat for so they could freak out their parents.

  2. pete Says:

    Did you see what that word means? I might get that sickness if I stay here too long, I here the big island is erupting!!!!

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