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Question #4201 posted on 03/13/2004 12:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
what?! pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis not a word?! poppycock. i learned that in fourth grade!
- lost the spelling bee despite knowing this word

A: Dear mispeller:

The OED dubs it "a factitious [yes, as opposed to "fictitious"] word alleged to mean �a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust' but occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word" because there really isn't such a condition. It's pretty easy just to make up words. Even plausible ones. But it's different when they actually correspond to something.

-- Misaneroth