Wednesday, December 22, 2004


The back page of the Dec. 1 issue of Booklist today has a list of words taken from "That Book...of Perfectly Useless Information" by Mitchell Symons. Some of them were fun:

"Stewardess" is the longest word in the English language that is typed with only the left hand.

"Skepticism" is the longest word that alternates hands with every letter when it is typed.

The word "hijinks" is the only word in the English language with three dotted letters in a row.

There is no Albanian word for "headache".

An "ophyron" is the space between your eyebrows.

"Armsate" is the hole in a shirt or a sweater through which you put your hand and arm.

"Nittles" is the word for the punctuation marks designed to denote swear words in comics.


And on that note, *@!!#~&, I'm on holidays for a week! Merry Christmas, everyone!


Blogger liz said...

Wow, I did not know those last three!


(But I must beg you to fix the spelling of skepticism, lest it drive me mad. [-Der than usual.] Even though I know it was a typo, not an ignorant spelling. Wait, unless it's an alternate spelling--is it?)

5:28 pm  
Blogger Gwen said...

No you're right, that was a typo - in a mad rush for the holidays to start, obviously. Fixed, just for you.

10:08 pm  
Blogger liz said...

My ophyron hurts.

9:40 pm  
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