The title is pretty self-explanatory. This is the longest word in the English language, at least according to Merriam-Webster.It probably wouldn't be used in the bee, but it is loved by many language nerds nevertheless. Imagine, however, that you did get it in a bee. If you hadn't seen the word, you may initially be intimidated by it. At nineteen syllables (and 45 letters), it is a monster of a word. However, it can be broken down pretty simply:
"Pneumono-" is a Greek root meaning breath.
"Ultra-" is a Latin root meaning beyond.
"Micro-" is a Latin and Greek root meaning small.
"Scop-" is a Latin and Greek root meaning to see, or eye.
"-Ic" is a common adjective suffix.
"Silico-" is a Latin root meaning, well, silicon.
"Volcano" is, well, volcano.
"Conio-" is a German and Latin and Greek root meaning dust.
"-Osis" is a Latin and Greek suffix meaning disease.
There you have it: breath beyond small to see silicon volcano dust disease.
Okay, that's not actually the definition. It's a lung disease caused by the inhalation of silicon dust, occurring especially in miners. So it's not literally what the roots chalk it up to be, but you can see the connection.
Anyhow, this just goes to show one of the most important things about spelling: it doesn't matter how intimidating the word is, if you understand the pieces, the whole will come together. This applies as well to life in general. Even if there's something you feel like you can't do, taking it piece by piece will get you a lot closer to success than letting intimidation crush you.
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