Yes - you read that right.
It means - "a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs.'" A condition meeting the word's definition is normally called silicosis.
No seriously – Why???
It just so happens to be the longest word (in a major dictionery) in the English language BUT why did someone have to make up that particular name for that particular disease, and why so long???
Imagine it – 9.30am, a meeting convenes in a hotel boardroom located conviently near to Las Vegas (hey, them name-creating committee members need some leisure time too, after all, you can only play so many rounds of golf in a day!!).
Chair –“Ok, new disease folks. Gotta have a name for it guys – lets have your ideas. Quickly folks, tea break coming up”
All 30 members puts forward their ideas
Chair “Ok – tell you what. Let’s put all of those ideas into one big name. Right, job done – who’s for a round of golf??”
I know, I know – latin words thingy breakdown into descriptive reasoning...la-de-dah...zzzzzzz.
But pity the poor nurse who has to make the notes on the patients chart.
Doctor – “Aha, Mr Jennings, I do believe you have a severe case of Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”
Nurse – “Say what!!! – You taking the p......, err Michael?????”
Nurse – “Anyhow - How do you spell that?”
AND the patients are wising up as well. Oh yes, they know that the longer and multi-syllabic the word is, then the more irrelevant the disease will be.
God help you if the doctor ever says “Mr Jennings, nothing to worry about – You’ll be fine”
FINE – small word so it MUST be serious!!!
Thought of the day
If you think nobody cares.............try missing a few payments!!!!