Word Ways


Ralph G. Beaman


Long words have always fascinated both layman and logologist alike. No matter that the definitions of "long" and "short and of "words" usually are nebulous or lacking. Many a know-it-all schoolchild has attempted to impress his mates with the incomprehensibleness of the tongue twister ANTIDISHESTABLISHMENTARIANISM as the longest word. Strangely, they never add an S for the plural. The logologist, as a counterdemonstration, would protest that this "word" has never appeared in any edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionaries.