Posted by Shae on July 30, 2003
In Reply to: Esquire culture awards - Rated PG 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**.
: "At West Point, the a** is on the chopping block; it's either getting ripped or getting sunshine piped up it. There's chewed a** and, if you have quick enough footwork, covered a**. You're a** 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.
Thanks for the memories, ESC! When I was a kid, during the late Paeleolithic period, I used impress my pals by telling them that antidisestablishmentarianism was the longest word (apart from scientific words) in the dictionary, but then I discovered floccinaucinihilipilification! That really impressed them and reinforced their belief that I was a nerd.