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Question #1450 posted on 11/14/2003 4:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the longest root word in English? Is it pseudosophistication?

- Reading Through "Looking Beyond the Mark" in the Ensign -

A: Dear Root word dude,
Probably. I can't find anything that says otherwise. Pseudo is a prefix. -tion is a suffix. A sophist is a captious or fallacious reasoner; soph is abbreviation for Sophomore.
But the root word that is the most fun with suffixes and a prefix is Antidisestablishmentarianism. Or antidisestablishmentarianist. Take your pick. A disestablishmentarian is one who opposes an established order. Stick anti- in front and it makes it even more fun!
Or how about pseudo-contra-neo-anti-disestablishment-arian-alistically, meaning false behaviour in the manner of a person belonging to the movement opposed to the new version of the movement opposed to the first movement.??
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (defined as "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust") is certainly the longest word ever to appear in a non-technical dictionary of English.
My tangent is done. Thanks...
- Aprender