Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Word Play

Hello again!  Yes - I still exist... I'm just slack. :D  I shall have to better than this if I want to keep any readers. :)

I love playing with words.  Even made up words (or should I say especially made up words? :P)  I love finding out the Greek and Latin roots of words and finding out what words belong to the same families and I like fiddling with prefixes and suffixes to figure out how to change a root word to different parts of speech.  For example:

Ambulo is Latin for "I walk"  From that word, we get the English words ambulance, amble, ambulatory, somnambulism, ambulation, etc.  
If you take another word (say, love) you can change it to:
 
A noun - love                                                                                                                                              A verb - loves                                                                                                                                           An adjective - loving                                                                                                                                   An adverb - lovingly                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You get the gist.  We had a funny conversation tonight about a word that we kept changing.  I recorded it for you. :)                                                                                                                                                                   

Jess:  Joy keeps saying “uniformitarianiamistic.”  I tried to tell her that the word would be “uniformitarianistic” but she just grinned and said “uniformitarianiamisticly”

Mum: * laughs* An adverb! 

Elise: *intrigued by word * uniformitarianiamistic! Uniformitarianiamistic! Uniformitarianiamistic!

*We all stand around trying to say it more than three times in a row without getting tongue-tied*

Jess: You know, we are wasting time just standing here trying to prononunce something that isn’t even a word.

Me: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

*Jess walks away *

Elise: Uniformitarianiamisticly! Uniformitarianiamisticly! Uniformitarianiamisticly!

Me:  What’s not?  Un…

Elise: Un-uniformitarianiamisticly.

Me: *grinning*  Anti-un- uniformitarianiamisticly.

Elise: But that’s the same as uniformitarianiamisticly!



(And in case you were wondering, that makes a high record of thirteen syllables!) :D

And in case you were wondering even more, the longest English word (according to the Oxford Dictionary) is... * drum roll!*


Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

Yep – that’s it.  Coming in at 45 letters and 18 syllables, it is the longest English word. :D

 






2 comments:

  1. Words are so fun! But can you actually pronounce that longgggg word! It just looks like a lot of letters randomly strung together, but hey all words are just letters put together.

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  2. If you break that long word into syllables, they do actually mean things. (Pneum is 'lung', ultra is "more" micro is "small", etc...) And, yes, if I broke it into syllables, I could say it! :D

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