Friends, Fun, and Words

Last week I was fortunate enough to have dinner with my best friend from highschool. We see each other about every five years. We live in different cities and move in different circles of friends. Last time I saw her was at her wedding in our home town. In the time in between we think of each other often, send the odd email or message on Facebook but aren’t very involved in each other’s lives. But when we get together, it’s like I had just seen her every day before that. Like no time had passed by (probably due to her ridiculous lack of wrinkles). There’s never any long, uncomfortable pauses in conversation, or awkward, forced talk about our current lives. It’s just a treat.

So we got to talking about weird words…like suffonsifisms. “What is THAT?” she asked her eyes wide in amazement. I asked her if she’d ever heard the saying “Sufficiently suffonsified.” Well, yes she had – as have most people from Southern Ontario. Then, suddenly and excitedly she said “Do you know what the longest word in the English language is?” I had no idea. I figured some psychological term or a word that was a derivative of some Greek word which are ridiculously long. Nope. And she rhymed it off as if she were saying the word “party”. “Don’t ask me how I remember it!” she laughed, “It just stuck with me.” It would.

Get ready…

Flockynockynihilipilification: To consider or make sound worthless.

I’m serious! Look it up!! 🙂

So you see…it’s always worth getting together with old friends…even if they don’t know the longest word in the English launguage! You might learn something new or reminiss about stuff from the “old” days. Either way, they’re always a wonderful part of who you are.

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11 thoughts on “Friends, Fun, and Words

  1. I totally understand and agree with your post. Earlier this year I visited the US and stayed with a schoolmate, in her place. When we met at the airport, we greeted as if we’ve been together the day before. And just as you and your friend, we stay in touch very often but not on a daily basis.
    And besides that, it’s good to learn something new. For instance, the longest English word. 😀

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    1. Gabriela, I can just hear you trying to use flockynockynihilpilification in an every day conversation! Lol! I’m going to try to tomorrow just to see the look on my “victim’s” face. I’d better practice it though so I don’t get tongue tied as I am now. 🙂

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  2. Good Friends, they are like a gift! Tomorrow I’m having lunch with a little group of my high school friends. We try to get together at least once a year, and keep in touch via FB, e-mails and phone calls during the rest of the time. We have been in touch through many stages in our life, happy (birth of our children) and sad (death of a parent). We know each other since Kinder garden, we know our good sides and also our weaknesses, and still cherish every moment that we get together.

    I do not know if I will learn a new long word, but I am sure I will learn something new about life! Good enough for me.

    PS> I still have a hard time trying to pronounce suffonsifisms LOL : P

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    1. Lol! No worries, Hebe! I’m probably the only person on earth who can pronounce it! It’s great that you keep in touch with your school friends and get to see them so often. Enjoy your lunch tomorrow. Maybe you’ll tell us about it and anything new you learn. 🙂

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  3. You often amaze me by your ability for honorificabilitudinitatibus. I must admit, you deserve all the accolade you get by your claque of readers.

    Many logophiles agree with both your friend and you that Floccinaucinihilipilification is the longest English word. However,lexophiles are quick to add that with a mere 29 letters it is only the longest non-technical word. The longest English word in major dictionaries is the 45 lettered Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, “an obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust”.

    In literature, Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphioparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon (183 letters) is considered the longest word ever used and was a translation of a fabulous Greek word: λοπαδο­τεμαχο­σελαχο­γαλεο­κρανιο­λειψανο­δριμ­υπο­τριμματο­σιλφιο­καραβο­μελιτο­κατακεχυ­μενο­κιχλ­επι­κοσσυφο­φαττο­περιστερ­αλεκτρυον­οπτο­κεφαλλιο­κιγκλο­πελειο­λαγῳο­σιραιο­βαφη­τραγανο­πτερύγων and meaning”a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, flesh, fowl, and sauces”.

    Be that as it may, Titin, the giant protein we all came to love after we learned of its vital role in the elasticity of muscles has the longest undisputed scientific word in English or in any other language. The scientific name associated with Titin (Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl…isoleucine) is composed of a whopping 189,819 letters.

    Well, you wrote that we should look it up! And I, being one of your more perspicacious readers, and although at the risk of appearing as a sciolist, I could not but oblige to your request.

    I hope that my comment doesn’t hit you as a mere bauble to be read then discarded like your jentacular newspaper or cause you to scratch your glabella with annoyance. I was not trying to cause a batrachomyomachy but rather to ensorcell you with my wit.

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    1. LOL! I am not even going to attempt to pronounce any of these most enlightening words that you posted here! I will, as my homework, look for the longest word in Spanish to share with you later. Good day to all,
      : )

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    2. Uh huh, Abufares. But can you use them in a meaningful sentence? I already used flockynockynihilipilification and shall again today…I’m still practicing saying it.

      I noticed, my dear friend Abufares, that you didn’t comment on meeting up with old friends. Do yours refuse because they don’t know what the heck you’re talking about most of the time? 😉

      Thanks for a fun and educational comment!! 😀

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      1. Well I’m embarrassed to admit that when I meet with old friends our vocabulary mainly consists of 4-letter words, and in Arabic this is worse than you might think.
        I just hope that you two had a great time and that you got to talking about words as a result of too much wine rather than pure nerdiness. You see my comment above was a very well balanced piece of both 🙂

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        1. Well, you may not want to hit the wine so early in the day, Abufares. But, nerdy or not, your comments are always entertaining. Thanks for the smile.

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