August 06, 2004

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

In the interest of entropy generation, here are some truly absurd words bound to confuse and ultimately disorder all to whom they are said:

(85) TAUMATA­WHAKA­TANGI­HANGA­KOAUAU­O­TAMATEA­TURIPUKA
KA­PIKI­MAUNGA­HORO­NUKU­POKAI­WHENUA­KITANA­TAHU
A hill in New Zealand. This Maori name was in general use, but is now generally
abbreviated to Taumata. The name means: the summit of the hill, where Tamatea,
who is known as the land eater, slid down, climbed up and swallowed mountains,
played on his nose flute to his loved one.

(30) HIPPOPOTO­MONSTRO­SESQUIPED­AL­IAN = pertaining to a
very long word.

(29) FLOCCI­NAUCINI­HILIPIL­IFICATION = an estimation of
something as worthless.This is the longest word in the first edition of the
Oxford English Dictionary. Interestingly the most common letter in English, E,
does not appear in this word at all, whilst I occurs a total of nine times. The
word dates back to 1741.

muhaha....take that, ye proponents of order!

M.