Posted on Nov 16, 2011 in Other stuff
I’ve been hearing the word “antidisestablishmentarianism” since I was a little kid, but I have no idea what it means. Do you?
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The longest word in the English dictionary that is neither coined nor a technical term, Antidisestablishmentarianism has been the source of playground trivia — and the word that has brought on more panic-induced collapses at spelling bees than any other — for years.
So just what the heck does Antidisestablishmentarianism mean? (And yes, I am copying and pasting the word each time it appears in this answer. I’m not crazy.)
I’d love to say that the word means something awesome and fascinating and mindblowing… but unless the history of the Church of England gets your motor revving, you’re probably going to be a bit disappointed.
Antidisestablishmentarianism was the political position of those who were not in favor of proposals to disestablish the church in the late 1800s — or in other words, to remove its status as the state church of England, Ireland, and Wales.
The matter of disestablishment is still a current one, and Antidisestablishmentarians are still very much opposed to the removal of the state church today.
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