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 bey...more