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


43 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 17”

  1. 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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  2. 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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    1. 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!


  3. 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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