Milan spends a good bit of the day with The Yard Man, but in the evening we all three eat supper together. Then we spend a few hours conversing in English and German (doch mostly English, it's true). We communicate in lovely multi-lingual laughter, as well.
A few evenings ago Milan stood on a footstool and delivered some lines from Much Ado About Nothing. He performed the lead role in this Shakespearean play at his high school about a year and a half ago. (There's a reason, Dear Reader, why "German script for Much Ado" was displayed on my phone for a little while. Milan was refreshing his memory).
I had said to Milan, "The longest word in the English language is ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM."
"No," said Milan, "That can't be!"
"Yes, yes! It is!" I insisted. "It has twenty-eight letters and eleven syllables!"
Then we looked up the longest German word (brace yourself, Reader Dear). It is:
I confess that I shrieked with laughter!
"It's no wonder," I said to Milan when I caught my breath, "that you didn't think that puny twenty-eight letter English word would be the longest one we had!"
Well, then, we looked up "Longest Word in English" and what do you know, Dear Reader. I had to eat my words! Turns out, the lengthiest word listed is a forty-five-letter word for "A supposed lung disease." (Humph! I decided right then and there to make up a word for "To assign a fancy made-up word for a supposed something-or-other in which the word itself is longer than the meaning." I have yet to coin the word, but the letter count will be in the high nineties.
Of course, after our exhaustive perusal of long German and English words, Milan and I thought to research "Longest Word in the World". Here, Dear One, is where things get more than a little weird! If you aren't busy for the next three and a half hours, go ahead and let it roll off your tongue!
"The longest word in English has 189,819 letters and would take you three and a half hours to pronounce correctly. Seriously. It's the chemical name of Titin (or connectin), a giant protein that functions as a molecular spring which is responsible for the passive elasticity of muscle."
Reader Dear, I was no longer laughing. Nor was Milan. We came to an International Agreement that it was the most ridiculous thing we'd heard of in quite a while!
After our study of long words, we regaled each other with tongue twisters in our various tongues. We did some long laughing.