A Cartoon About Expanding Your Vocabulary

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cartoon about pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis being the longest word in the English language.

One of the most distressing things about the current political climate (soundbites being more important than informed, considered policy) is the dumbing down of political discourse. Of course twitter doesn’t help.

Though I have a background in biochemistry, I confess that I didn’t know that pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis was the longest word in the English language. It isn’t a word I’ve ever had cause to use. Fortunately.

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2 thoughts on “A Cartoon About Expanding Your Vocabulary

  1. One of the charges leveled against Trump is that he speaks at a third grade level. As some have pointed out, this is a feature rather than a bug. He reaches a broader audience this way.

    Some doggerel I found:

    To understand any
    And be understood by all,
    Know big words
    But use the small.

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