My post the other day on more oddities of English brought something to my email box that never fails to delight me: a note from a fan. He asked that when I reposted his email here I say it came from CCC, or the Cape Cod Curmudgeon. I think that’s a great name–sounds like a superhero! And the world could use a few more superheroes who fight for the proper vernacular of the peasantry.
CCC also requested I cite his source on the following information, so our Earth Mage hats go off to WikiAnswers.
You will recall in that last post, I asked, “Has anybody ever really used the word ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’ in a sentence?”
Our kindly Curmudgeon wrote:
“In the 19th century, it was proposed that the Church of England should no longer be church of Ireland and Wales. Those against this were antidisestablishmentarianists. Therefore Antidisestablishmentarianism churchgoers were those against the propositions to separate the Church of England from being the church of Ireland or Wales. You are right, it is easier to use supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. For example your blog is simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”
I’m pretty sure the last two sentences of the email came directly from CCC and not Wikipedia. I’m also pretty sure I could have deleted them from the etymological explanation of our word of the day. But they were such kind, sweet sentences, I couldn’t help but leave them in a share them with everyone. Yes, Smoky loves to hear from fans.
Thanks, CCC. You truly are a superhero.
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