Eighty-four words

for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Perpetual.


I attended a quiz the other evening’.

One of the questions was, what’s the longest English word? Easy. I shot up my hand.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’ I said and I started spelling it. ‘P-n-e-u-m-o-n-o…………’. I stopped midway as people started yawning!

Next question. What does perpetual mean?

Again, I raised my hand.

“Continuous, everlasting, perennial, constant, endless, interminable, repetitious,” I said, “persistent, ongoing, nonstop…”

When people started talking among themselves I realised I was going on a bit, so I stopped, ceased, quit, ended, halted, terminated….



20 thoughts on “Eighty-four words

  1. Suzette Benjamin Dec 17, 2022 / 13:36

    Hahaha, I almost hurt my vocal chords trying to say that longest word out loud…hehe. Really fun read, Thank you Keith!


  2. hilarymb Dec 17, 2022 / 16:51

    Well done Keith … I had a good giggle … cheers Hilary

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Patricia Dec 17, 2022 / 19:18

    That is a real word? I would never remember how to spell it, let alone how to pronounce it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 18, 2022 / 08:25

      Now you know why I didn’t attempt an audio! It’s not exactly a fun word as it’s a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust!


  4. Dawn Dec 18, 2022 / 12:02

    Awesome way to use the prompt! 💞


  5. Bill Dec 18, 2022 / 16:42

    An ‘interesting,’ perhaps even impressive, use of the prompt, Keith. The question might have been, what us the meaning of the initialism, TMI?


  6. poetisatinta Dec 18, 2022 / 16:56

    hahaha – a man in perpetual motion and it takes a lot to get your lips around that one 🙂


  7. susanrouchard Dec 18, 2022 / 17:28

    Ha, ha. Lovely piece. My father was a lecturer at home and with friends at dinner parties……on history, architecture, geology, geography………zzzzz or chomp chomp, gloup, gloup. Wishing you creative holidays. Thank you for entertaining us every week…every day. Restful week.


  8. Sunra Rainz Dec 20, 2022 / 19:13

    Ha ha! You’re so clever, Keith! I’d have you on my quiz team any day. Love what you do with the little prompt poster! 🙂


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