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ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM
By Tom Hyland
Last edited: Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2008



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Just used this word in a communique to ed Matlack.

Remembered it somehow, but had NO CLUE as to its meaning - God Bless GOOGLE!

I DOUBLE DARE anyone to pronounce any of the other loooooooooooooong words in this article!

And you thought I was just another Pretty Face - or - Chopped Liver even!

OH - does SIZE really matter? See Picture!




Antidisestablishmentarianism

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Antidisestablishmentarianism (listen to British sample (info), American sample (info)) is a political position that originated in nineteenth-century Britain, where antidisestablishmentarians were opposed to proposals to remove the Church of England's status as the state church of England forwarded principally by both Payne and Tuffin.

The movement succeeded in predominantly Anglican England, but failed overwhelmingly in Roman Catholic Ireland – where the Church of Ireland was disestablished in 1871 – and in Wales whose four Church of England dioceses were disestablished in 1920, subsequently becoming the Church in Wales. Antidisestablishmentarian members of the Free Church of Scotland delayed merger with the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland in a dispute about the position of the Church of Scotland.

The term has largely fallen into disuse; however, the issue itself is still current (see Act of Settlement 1701).

Word length

The word "antidisestablishmentarianism" itself is often referenced in English-speaking popular culture due to its unusual length of 28 letters and 12 syllables. It is commonly believed to be the longest word in the English language, excluding coined and technical terms not found in major dictionaries.

Longer words typically have been coined by specific authors in relatively modern times, or are obscure technical names. For example, floccinaucinihilipilification, first used in prose by William Shenstone in 1741, is 29 letters long, but was thought to have been coined as a nonsense word by a single person or small group of students at Eton. It is rumoured that this was intended to mean "to value something at nothing" or to describe a lack of value.

Another word specifically coined to be the 'longest word in the English language' is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from the song of the same name in the film Mary Poppins.

Chlorofluorocarbonation is also a word that is almost as long as antidisestablishmentarianism, meaning, "the act of putting chlorofluorocarbons into the air."

Recently, the 2007 edition of Guinness Book of World Records listed

"pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" as the longest word in the English language. The medical term is a lung disease, caused by the "inhalation of very fine silica dust from volcanoes." The disease may make it harder to breathe, and people with it need to be hooked up to a lung machine (an artificial lung). This too was a purposely coined word, with the explicit intent of being a long word.[1]

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Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader) 10/21/2008
Interesting write Tom. I thought the word was antiestablishmentarianism and associated it with the 1960's. Go figure. Malcolm
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines 10/21/2008
Probably an unintentional error but Wikipedia's "...originated in nineteenth-century..." should read "originated in seventeenth-century..." and it wasn't just a British/Irish term. Here in the early colonies, we had the Established Church, and there were those who politicized its wanted downfall, and they called themselves Disestablishmentarianists (mouthful). But there were also those who supported the Established Church, and who craved the downfall of the Disestablishmentarianists (whew), and they politicized themselves as the (of course) Antidisestablishmentarianists (wonder if their townhall and pub speeches were full of such long words). Scholars dispute when and where this fight first began, but we have record of it in the final years of the 1600s here in the colonies. The King, and his church, were less than popular.

The word "antidisestablishmentarianism" has not completely gone out of usage here in America, since it is still used as a tie-breaker in regional spelling competitions. This is where I first stumbled across the word in the process of winning a California spelling bee for my school (remember the 1950s when we still had dinosaurs?). Because of this harrowing event, "antidisestablishmentarianism" became my all-time favorite word, and I suppose I spent entirely too much time researching its origins and usages. It was actually fun.

But, I will certainly attempt to avoid inhaling any fine silica dust from volcanos :-)

Thanks, Tom, for treating me with my favorite word, and giving me a smile today.

Ted
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 10/21/2008
I remember a little girl spelling "antidisestablishmentarianism" in a spelling bee, MANY years ago. First time I ever heard the word. Enlightening post, Tom. Enjoyed

Elizabeth

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