The King of the
week's Grammar Granny focused on the importance of a phonics background in
being able to break down long, unfamiliar words into syllables so that you can
pronounce them and figure out what they mean, or at least try.
really long word that's relatively easy to remember because it's easy to
means a political viewpoint that it is OK to mix church and state, rather than
break them apart. To remember it, break it down into word parts: anti - dis -
establishment - arian - ism.
seems highly complex. But actually, it's a shortie, compared to some other
words. Here's the longest word in the English language - 45 letters! It's the
scientific name for black lung disease. Let's see how you do, pronouncing it:
Take a breath!
here's the "cheat sheet" from the dictionary definition, which always gives a
pronunciation guide before each word; saying it aloud can really help you
remember it, although you won't get any black marks if you don't memorize this
at all the roots in the word, you can see how it has something to do with the
lungs (pneumo-), very small things (microscopic-), bits of sand (silico-),
blackness (volcano-) and is a medical syndrome (-iosis).
By Susan Darst Williams • www.GoBigEd.com • Grammar Granny
027 • © 2006