Thursday, 23 February 2012


One has rather depressingly hit the headlines once more for all the wrong reasons. During Tuesday's invigorating debate on the remuneration of EU staff, I employed the word 'floccinaucinihilipilification' while describing the frankly tiresome behaviour of EU 'judges'. One's contempt for these 'European' drones is a matter of public record and I do not intend to dwell on them, their dubious pronouncements on 'Human Rights' or the size of Abu Qatada's cauliflowers, for frankly they are no more deserving of my digital type than a wasp is of a picnicker's angry fist.

No, I am afraid my purpose in today's blog is one of pure pedantry; for my employment of the word, with whose meaning you are no doubt familiar (to adjudge something worthless), has unleashed a veritable rash of articles wrongly claiming that it is the 'longest word in the English language’. You have no doubt laughed gaily along with me at the utter ignorance therein displayed, for the most elongated lexeme in our rich and abundant vocabulary is in fact:

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- the chemical name for ‘titin’ and the largest know protein. Please feel rest assured that the very moment the subject of 'molecular springs' arises in the Commons I shall be ready, nay itching, to deploy this redoubtable noun.

I am afraid that is all we have space for this week.



1 comment:

  1. now dearest, you can't refer to the european court of human rights judges as if they are merely the "staff" and human rights a "disease" although from a purely chemical standpoint human rights are a disease of a neurochemical composition. what it takes to expel this notion from the masses, if not garlic and herbs, might be a good steady dose of fascism, so lest you be interpreted for a fascist, try to keep a coy human rights jingle under your cloak of imperialism.
    otherwise, i love you anyway.
    as for drones, please continue to tow the cameron weapons agenda, and keep the torture unto to death with G4S mubenga.
    don't worry, i'm kidding.
    but in which way? and you?