Mar
27
2009
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When were the 2010 Academy Awards held?

Best Actress Academy Awards (photo by cliff1066   CC-BY)The 82nd Annual Academy Awards  were held on Sunday March 7, 2010 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.  Steve Martin and  Alec Baldwin co-hosted the  Oscars. For the last few years the Academy Awards have taken place on the last Sunday in February. However in order to avoid conflicts with the February 28 closing ceremonies [more...]

Jan
14
2009
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What is the longest English word in common usage?

Dictionary and Glasses (photo by Southernpixel - CC-BY)The longest word in a recognized English language dictionary is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, but few people would ever have used that word or heard it spoken. So what is the longest word that is in everyday speech? I wasn’t sure how to define common usage, so I settled on a completely arbitrary criterion: the word needed to [more...]

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Jan
13
2009
3

What is the longest word in English?

Pile of wordsTo figure out what is the longest word, we need to ask ourselves first what a “real” word is. In scientific usage, you can give chemicals names hundreds or even thousands of letters long by stringing together all sorts of word parts. Also, at least in theory, just as you could have an anti-missile, you [more...]

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