The Most Complex Word in the English Language is a Three-Letter Word
Sep 04, 2013 13:24
Language and words have never failed to amaze us. In "The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary" by Simon Winchester (2003), it was revealed that the most complex word in the language is "set".
This three-letter word has some 430 senses which requires a 60,000-word definition in 24 pages in the tiny print of the published dictionary or 221 pages in PDF form.
So what does "set" mean? Here is it, courtesy of Oxford University Press:
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