Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

“things that can be so handy when doing ice breakers or games in training”

A friend sent this as an email forward and I decided to post it here. These are the little tidbit sorts of things that can be so handy when doing ice breakers or games in training. Enjoy! I have no source for you and cannot verify that these are true tidbits (they are from an email forward after all…) but they are fun!

  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  • The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
  • The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
  • The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  • “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in”-dous” tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • · The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  • The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
  • The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.
  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  • There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein” the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
  • The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
  • The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”
  • ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
  • Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”

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