The longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary, however, does not begin with S but P.
It is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, which is a 45-letter lung disease.
The longest common words that can be typed on the top row of letters of a typewriter or computer keyboard are 'proprietor', 'repertoire', 'perpetuity' and 'typewriter' itself.
2012 is the centenary of the first parachute jump from a moving aeroplane, the sinking... MORE
The word for a worshipper of bread is 'artolater'.
The word 'lady' derives from an Old... MORE
An analysis of whether young people liked or disliked Brussels sprouts was undertaken by John... MORE
The word 'buttock' comes from the Old English 'buttuc', meaning a short ridge of land.... MORE
Montezuma started the myth about chocolate being an aphrodisiac. His cup of cocoa at bedtime... MORE
In the !Xoo language of Botswana and Namibia, which is spoken by about 4,000 people,... MORE
The word 'uncopyrightable' is one of the two longest English words that consists entirely of... MORE
The French for a dandelion is pissenlit, or 'piss-in-bed'. The English used to refer to... MORE
The earliest recorded appearance of the verb 'to giggle' in the English language was in... MORE
The Polish-born film director Sam Goldwyn was originally called Schmuel Gelbfisz. He anglicised his name... MORE
More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing.
During World War I, it was reported... MORE
The New Oxford Thesaurus of English lists 36 synonyms for 'knowledgeable' but 90 for 'ignorant'.... MORE
'Toilet' is currently the most popular word for the little boys' (or girls') room, being... MORE
The word 'luncheon' originally meant a thick slice or a hunk. ... MORE
When Pedro I was crowned King of Portugal in 1357, he proclaimed his lover, Ines... MORE
It has frequently been asserted that there are no English words that rhyme with purple,... MORE
The game of Scrabble was invented by Alfred Butts in 1921, since when over 100... MORE
The first tattoos were carried out by the Egyptians, possibly as early as 4000BC. The... MORE
Abstemious and facetious are frequently alleged to be the only two words in English that... MORE
The word 'wig' only appeared in the English language around 1675. Before that, it was... MORE