Posted by ESC on July 30, 2003
Esquire magazine (August 2003) has a couple of word/phrase related items among its awards for "the eleven most remarkable things in culture this month."
No. 1 - Best Paragraph About the Word A s s.
"At West Point, the a s s is on the chopping block; it's either getting ripped or getting sunshine piped up it. There's chewed a s s and, if you have quick enough footwork, covered a**. You're a s s gets hazed. If you're taken out for some exhausting PT (physical training) it's smoked. If you move too slow you get a boot put to it, on a bad day you've a**ed up or have gotten the a**." From "Absolutely American," by David Lipsky, about West Point.
No. 11 - Best Ridiculously Long Words. pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis: a disease caused by the inhalation of fine particles. antitransubstantiationalist: one who doubts the validity of transubstantiation. floccinaucinihilipilification: the estimation of a thing as worthless. From "Schott's Original Miscellany," a collection of trivia, by Ben Schott.