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Issue 63
March 1, 2020
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Between the coronavirus, divisive politics, climate change, terrorism, turbulent stock markets and a myriad other serious concerns, it is understandable that many Americans are feeling apprehensive and, perhaps, even out of control. At The Quintessential Centrist, we have opined on the aforementioned subjects and will continue to fulfill our mandate to offer readers ideas that blend news, analysis and viewpoints from the left, right and center of the political continuum. That said, we wanted this issue of TQC to give our readers a reprieve from the recent anxiety inducing newsflow. Go on, take a few minutes to relax, be amused, and learn a thing or two. Below you will find some fun facts about words that make up the English language.

Longest Words:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (34 letters)
Pronunciation: su·per·ca·li·fra·gil·is·tic·ex·pi·a·li·do·cious
Definition: extraordinarily good; wonderful.

By far the most famous, this 34-character word has been ingrained in American culture since the world famous 1964 Disney musical film, Mary Poppins: "...Even though the sound of it, is something quite atrocious, if you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (36 letters)
Pronunciation: hi-poh-po-toh-mon-stroh-ses-kwee-peh-dah-leejoh-foh-beeja
Quite ironically, the definition of the second longest word in the English Language is: a fear of long words!

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45) letters
Pronunciation: noo-muh-noh-uhl-truh-mahy-kruh-skop-ik-sil-i-koh-vol-key-noh-koh-nee-oh-sis
Definition: an obscure term purportedly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust, usually found in volcanos.

Longest Word With One Vowel:

Strengths (9 letters)

Longest Word With One Vowel (repeatable):

Chrononhotonthologos (20 letters)
Chrononhotonthologos is a satirical play. It was penned by a man named Henry Carvery in the mid-18th century.

Longest Words That Contain No Vowels (Including 'y'):

Crwth (a Celtic stringed instrument.)
Cwtch (a hiding place.)

Longest Words With One Syllable (Interestingly, all these words are nine letters long, in the past tense, and all but one begin with the letter "s."):

Screeched (to make a loud, harsh, squealing noise.)
Schlepped (to go or move reluctantly or with effort.)
Scratched (to score or mark the surface of [something] with a sharp or pointed object.)
Scrounged (to Seek to obtain [something, typically food or money] at the expense or through the generosity of others or by stealth.)
Scrunched (to make a loud crunching noise.)
Stretched (to lengthen, widen, or distend.)
Scrooched (to crouch; bend.)
Thrutched (to push, press, or squeeze into a place.)

Longest Word With Five Vowels In Alphabetical Order:

Phragelliorhynchus (18 letters)
Pronunciation: fra-gel-lio-ren-chous
Definition: a protozoan.

Shortest Word That Contains All Five Main Vowels (A,E,I ,O U):

Eunoia (6 letters)
Pronunciation: yoo-noy-iea
Definition: the goodwill a speaker cultivates between themself and their audience.

Shortest Word With Five Vowels In Alphabetical Order:

Aerious (7 letters)
Pronunciation: air-ee-us
Definition: pertaining to air, airy.

Most Common Word:

The

Most Common Noun:

Time

Most Common Verb:

To Be

Most Common Adjective:

Good

Most Common Adverb:

Not

Nouns That Remain Unchanged Whether Singular Or Plural:

Sheep
Deer
Cod
Trout
Salmon
Aircraft
Spacecraft
Series