A-Z Challenge Day 17

Post 1657. Thursday April 19

My Friend Rosey has regularly featured on my blog since I set it up twelve years ago. To read all about her in 200 or so words, click HERE



Rosey and I belong to pub quiz team called The Clueless. Last night we played against some lawyers called Legally Speaking,  nurses called Bedpan Faces and several other assorted teams. As usual, we were useless at music, hopeless at history and inept with general knowledge. Then along came Rosey’s pet subject. No, not cats, words!

Q1. – What’s the longest word in the English dictionary?

The quizzers amongst you will know that you write your answer on the answer sheet. But in her excitement, Rosey leapt to her feet and yelled ‘antidisestablishmentarian’ giving the correct answer to every other team!

“Bet you don’t know what it means!” yelled someone.

“A person opposed to removing the Church of England as the official religion of the realm. And by the way, the longest word in the English language has 1906 letters, but being a technical expression it’s not include in the dictionary”

That shut him up!

Q2 – Spell millennium.

She whispered her answer. I said she was wrong, but actually, she was right.

Q3 – What’s at the top of the left-hand column on page 168 of the Oxford English Dictionary?

‘One six eight’ she hissed. A trick question, but she spotted it straight away.

Ten wordy questions, ten correct answers, then it was Current Affairs and Rosey’s moment of glory was over.

Q1 – What is the King of Swaziland called? Rosey suggested ‘Your Majesty’. Actually, it’s King Mswati the Third (Hey, get me!)

We didn’t win; we never do. But at least we were consistent in coming last!

Rosey’s final word on words was that the shortened form of World Wide Web has three times the syllables. And she’s right!


Tomorrow R is for Run

Previous episodesA B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A1On this day last year, we took part in the quiz at the Fish Inn in Amble Bay. I wonder where we’ll be next year? To revisit click Here


45 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 17

  1. Denise Hammond Apr 18, 2018 / 23:44

    On last night’s episode of NCIS it was pointed out that g-s-w has more syllables than gun shot wound. And now WWW. Great minds?

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  2. Natasha Apr 19, 2018 / 05:35

    Rosey our smart cookie. More brownie points for you.

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  3. Varad Apr 19, 2018 / 11:29

    Well, she wasn’t wrong you know! Loved the team names, Keith. Especially the Bedpan faces.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 20, 2018 / 01:10

      Wow, that’s so kind of you. I usually go for humour because there is less competition out there! Thanks so much.

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      • SeemaMisra Apr 20, 2018 / 03:40

        Ha ha … Keith humor is difficult – either you have it or don’t. That’s why less competition there.

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  4. diedre Apr 19, 2018 / 15:39

    A Pub Quiz game sounds like a great activity drinking or not 😉

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 20, 2018 / 01:07

      They are great fun. I used to hold one every Monday in the pub I ran for many years. Did wonders for drink sales on what would have been a quiet evening!


  5. artistpath Apr 19, 2018 / 16:57

    That was hilarious! I wanna play. I loved the team names! You’re having too much fun!!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 20, 2018 / 01:05

      That’s pretty well it in the talent department I’m afraid! Normal service has once again been resumed.


  6. Moon Apr 19, 2018 / 18:14

    Smart girl, Rosey!
    Great, humorous post, as ever.

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  7. hilarymb Apr 19, 2018 / 18:49

    Hi Keith – fun post … and yes one smart idea here after another … but they’re Rosey’s not yours!! I loved selecting teams that I did one year for the squash teams in SA … all after foods of some description … but your Bedpan faces – great choice – could send that to Zimbabwe now … cheers Hilary

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 20, 2018 / 00:51

      Of course they are Rosey’s! I couldn’t have answered any of those! Delighted you liked it Hilary


  8. Wolf of Words Apr 19, 2018 / 19:43

    I love pub quizzes. Our team, Know Nonsense, often wins the evening by combining my Millenial knowledge with the knowledge of the Gen Xers and Baby Boomers I team with.

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  9. J.Q. Rose Apr 21, 2018 / 00:37

    Wow–eye-opening info on more syllables in WWW. Made me laugh. My a to z post for O was for orthography. Somehow I got around to researching the longest word in the English language. According to Wikipedia, the longest word is “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a word that “refers to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of very fine silica particles, specifically from a volcano; medically, it is the same as silicosis.” But then again, nobody trusts Wikipedia anymore.
    Loving your Rosey stories!!
    JQ Rose

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 21, 2018 / 09:32

      It is in the OED, and her word comes in at number 3 in the longest word chart! Fortunately, she got away with it the quiz! She assures me that longest UK place name is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. I wonder if Wiki agrees!


  10. subroto Apr 21, 2018 / 13:15

    Great names for the quiz teams, loved the trivia gems throw in.

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  11. anuragbakhshi Apr 22, 2018 / 06:07

    Wow! Rosey sure has some hidden talents. Btw, I am guessing you chose Swaziland because of the news that they’re changing their country’s name to eCommerce or something like that so that people don’t confuse it with Switzerland!

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  12. Vanessence Apr 22, 2018 / 07:19

    Your Majesty! Hahaha! She’s right, though! Or, Your Highness, possibly. 😀

    I’m totally with Rossey on the WWW thing, too. 🙂

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