Friday, 18 July 2008

Why is this not a word?

Dactyloglyphology: the study of signet rings.

8 comments:

Hugo the Hippo said...

The answer, as to most things, can be found in Aristophanes' Clouds: you'll have to ask a sphragidonuchargokomêtês!

eyrie said...

At least floccinaucinihilipilification is a word, which should cheer us all.

TimT said...

Ask linguists round for a meal of Lopado­temakho­selakho­galeo­kranio­leipsano­drim­hypo­trimmato­silphio­karabo­melito­katakekhy­meno­kikhl­epi­kossypho­phatto­perister­alektryon­opto­kephallio­kigklo­peleio­lagōio­siraio­baphē­tragano­pterýgōn and ask them to clear the matter up.

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

That doesn't sound very vegetarian.

TimT said...

It's cordon bleugh.

Anonymous said...

It is a word. Multiple morphemes, joined tightly together, with white space on either side. What's the German equivalent?

Next?

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

Siegelringologismus, I'm guessin'. Can you get yourself a name, Anonymous? These witty masked interlocutors are a bit disconcerting. Thanks for your sage contribution, but.

Lefty E said...

"Why is this not a word?"

Remind me never to play scrabulous with you.