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Source for most words: "Sesquipedalian English"; Richard Lederer; MENSA BULLETIN, March 2012, pg 19
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The quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting
The quality of being difficult or impossible to understand
People who are opposed to those attempting to overturn the present order
Atoning for extreme and delicate beauty [while being] highly educable
Pertaining to a very long word
A congenital disorder characterized by an abnormally large tongue; often seen in cases of Down's syndrome
Having five angles or corners
A miner's disease caused by inhaling too much quartz or silicon dust
The fear of the number 13
A twelve sided three dimensional geometric figure
A system of inheritance under which the estate of a deceased person goes to his youngest son
Having only one cavity or compartment
A person who is learning the letters of the alphabet; of or pertaining to the alphabet
A doctrine against separating the Church of England from the government
The categorizing of something as worthless or trivial
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Sep 10th, 2012 at 15:30 GMT
Where did you get the "definition" for supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?
Sep 11th, 2012 at 19:11 GMT
I believe it was from the original cited article in the MENSA magazine. The roots are: The roots of the word have been defined as follows: super- "above" cali- "beauty" fragilistic- "delicate" expiali- "to atone" docious- "educable"
Jan 19th, 2013 at 13:15 GMT
Ultimogeniture is an uncountable noun, so your 15-letter plural doesn't work. Similarly, your definition for incomprehensibility doesn't fit: the word is a noun, but the def describes the adjective 'incomprehensible'.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 13:17 GMT
"Counterrevolutionaries" also suffers the latter problem, and the correct spelling is "abecedarian" (no 'r').
Jan 20th, 2013 at 15:29 GMT
Thanks again alastor, you were correct on all counts, and changes have been made.
Apr 7th, 2013 at 12:40 GMT
Thank you flick for the EP. I am honored.
Apr 7th, 2013 at 14:52 GMT
It's kind of funny that it takes a 45-letter word to amass six c's, when a mere 9-letter word (the noun "cacciucco") contains five c's. Maybe we should coin the adjective "cacciuccic" and save 35 letters.
Apr 7th, 2013 at 19:40 GMT
After taking this quiz, I feel like I have pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
Apr 7th, 2013 at 20:28 GMT
@popestcyril: also a thank-you must go to beforever as his C.P. came before my E.P. I just loved that you turned the original into this clickable version :)
Apr 8th, 2013 at 13:34 GMT
Yes, certainly, thanks beforever for you CP. I am very grateful for your CP.
Apr 8th, 2013 at 17:40 GMT
Some languages are popularly known as having very long words (German, Russian or Swedish, for example), but I think it's only due to a convention about what's a "word". The name of the Austrian company Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft (33 letters) in English is Danube Steam Navigation Company, but if we wrote it as Danubesteamnavigationcompany it would be also 28 letters long (after all, you don't pronounce it with pauses between words). Romance languages are still worse: the Spanish translation Compañía de Navegación de Vapor del Danubio (37 letters) is still longer than the German original because of all the de's.
Apr 8th, 2013 at 20:05 GMT
Oxford defines "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as "extraordinarily good; wonderful" (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?q=supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) - I can't find anywhere that gives the definition quoted in the quiz.
@MonaK: Italian tends to have quite a lot of double 'c's - surely there must be a word from that which we can anglicise.
Apr 9th, 2013 at 18:34 GMT
ChileNoseJam, in addition to it being referenced in the MENSA bulletin I cited, the same "definition" can be found in wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious though with some caveats.
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