Utrecht lost for words?

Today is Dictionary Day

It seems to be an American invention and is held in honour of Noah Webster, the man who is considered to have fathered the American Dictionary.

He was born in Hartford Connecticut to a family of some means, and his parents had the distinction of being both priest, farmers, Captain of the local militia, and the one who founded the local book society, something like a local library.

No wonder he wrote a dictionary, having to find words to describe his parents activities!

What do we do on this auspicious day? Well Dictionary Day encourages us to improve ourselves and the way we speak with others by enhancing our language in the study of the Dictionary.

In other words, WORDS!

You can celebrate Dictionary Day by learning a new word. Then tomorrow, learn another! And so on, expand your vocabulary.

Don’t make it an easy word, try something difficult and put it into a sentence.

In the UK we have a couple or three humdingers:


(opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England – 28 letters.)


(the estimation of something as worthless – 29 letters.)


(a supposed lung disease – 45 letters.)

In the Netherlands of course, you have:


(multiple personality disorders – 38 letters)

Maybe not so hard to fit in, nor is one of my favourites from Mary Poppins:


What is your favourite word?

What word makes you laugh out loud?

Let us know.

Use words!

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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