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Nudiustertian: The Day Before Yesterday

Many languages have specific words for “the day before yesterday”. The Portuguese call it anteontem, in Spanish, it’s anteayer, in German, vorgestern.  The English language however, is...

Weird Words: Omphaloskepsis (Navel Gazing)

Omphaloskepsis (aka navel-gazing) is contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation. From the Greek omphalos (navel) + skepsis (act of looking, examination).  The practice in relation to...

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Defined

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a song written by the Sherman Brothers, and performed by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in Disney’s 1964 film Mary Poppins. Mostly double-talk, the roots of the word can...

Longest Place Name: Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu

Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu is the Māori name for a hill, 305 metres (1,001 ft) high, close to Porangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The word...

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis: The Longest Word in the English Language

The  longest word in the English language depends upon the definition of what constitutes a word as well as how length should be compared....