A to Z Challenge 2013

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A to Z Challenge - Antidisestablishmentarianism


As you can see, I'm participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, which means I'll be putting a post up every day during the month of April that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet.  And since I've been extremely lax of late in posting anything, I figure this is a great way to get back into the swing of things.

For the challenge, I've decided on a theme revolving around words in the English language.  Which brings us to today's word - Antidisestablishmentarianism.

It's the longest word in the English language and yet it's made up of a whole bunch of prefixes and suffixes.  The root is establish, everything else is a prefix or a suffix.  The definition is:

The doctrine or political position that opposes the withdrawal of state recognition of an established church.

Or in laymen's terms, it means to be against the separation of church and state.  I love this word, partly because it's so long but partly because you have to work your way through it to really understand what it means.  It's a thinker's word, and I'm always in favor of people thinking more.  Plus I did a research paper on this word in high school so it's always been a word I think of when I think of the letter A.

What other A words can you think of like this?

3 comments:

Whole Foods Living said...

Wow! Next to supercalafragilisticexpaladoshis (?), your "A" word is the longest word I've ever seen! Fun post! Keep up the good work! And, thanks for stopping by my blog, Whole Foods Living! ~Angela http://wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

Shannon Cyr said...

Great word choice! I wonder if I can find some way to drop that into a conversation. :)

I'm right there with you on the A to Z challenge. My blog has suffered recently due to other commitments; hopefully this challenge will get me back into using it.

Good luck in the challenge! You can do it!

Julie said...

What a great idea for an A-Z theme. I had forgotten all about this word but it's definitely an interesting one.

I know what you mean about the challenge being a way to get back in to the swing of things, I'm hoping for the same thing myself!