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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Secret Lives of Letters Q and R

I just received my February Reader's Digest... it has another very interesting article
"Strange but impossibly True" there are 25 delightful truths.

#15 The longest word in the English language has 189,819 letters.  It is the technical name of a protein, which lists its entire amino acid sequence and would take about 3 1/2 hours to say it out loud.  Nope the article does not tell the name of the protein.


November Reader's Digest and I happened upon this article, 
"The Secret Lives of Letters", by Brooke Nelson.  Mr. Nelson says letters may be small characters, but there are amazing stories behind all 26 alphabet all-stars.
O and P can be found by clicking here

 For those new to the blog...our first family pet was a mighty mini Dachshund...
I'm letting him tell you about the letter R.

Here is a short poem (pun intended) about Toto.
In (19) '74 our world was rocked when in
the door Toto marched.
His statue was tiny, his attitude was mighty.
His first night was rough, he missed the other pups.
His tiny body could nearly fit in a cup.
In no time at all we became a family, owned by this mighty mini pup.
 His back was long, his legs were short. He was vertically
challenged, did he care? We think NOT. This dude was born with 'tude.
Nothing or no one was too big to rule.
His bark made such a rumble when to the door he ran
visitors were sure it was a Dane.
No one believed their eyes when a Mini Dachshund before 
their eyes appeared.


  1. I found the name...but they said it needs 3 hours to pronounce it... I feel sorry for a patient whose doctor has to use this word... 3 hours on a chair in the torture room and at then end you probably will be as smart as before LOL

  2. Wow - that is one long word! I remember my gram's Cindy so well. Cindy was a full sized black and tan Dachshund and went everywhere with her. Gram never traveled without her. Cindy ruled wherever she went!

  3. Awesome poem .those little guys can be very autocratic, can't they??

    I had no idea one word could be so long. I wonder how they abbreviate that ?? 😁

  4. Hari OM
    The word referred to is known in short form as the protein Titin. It and other chemical compound words are not considered as vocabular,so the Oxford Dictionaries do not register them. Others are listed though...

    Toto was clearly a fine example of his dachshund kind!!! YAM xx

  5. Oh Toto was so cute. I bet he ran the household. Interesting stuff about that long word. Glad we didn't have to learn how to spell that one. Have great day.

  6. Toto was adorable and so is the cartoon dog with him... the first dog we had that lived inside, was part dachshund. his name was Fritz..very familiar with the dachshund personality..

  7. That sure was a fun Toto pup poem!

  8. Thanks for sharing those word facts and sweet Toto!
    The Florida Furkids

  9. We are enjoying learning about the letters of the alphabet. That Toto sure was a cutie and it sounds like he had quite the personality.

  10. Poor old Q.......

    Toto was a mighty little doggie.

  11. That is a very long word!
    Toto looked very cute.

  12. Q is a funny letter! Short legs, long body!

  13. I love your lessons on letters. Very interesting.

    I can't imagine a work that would take three and a half hours to pronounce. Wow.

    That pup left a lasting impression on you for sure. Excellent.

    Have a fabulous day and week, my friend. ♥

  14. We have had a couple of Doxies. They're great! Sweet poem.

  15. Great poetic tribute to Toto. (No q's, we notice.)

  16. The history of alphabet letters is always interesting to me. I used to get Readers Digest and thought it was the perfect size to drop in a purse or bag for some quick reading material if needed. Toto is adorable and your poem made me grin...big. :-)

  17. Oh how we would have loved to have known the Mighty Toto!

  18. toto yur poem total lee rox ...& speekin oh R....we never new that bout that letter.....makes senze tho ......gRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ;) ♥♥

  19. Toto was a cutie. That is a sweet poem. XO

  20. We wish we had met Toto! He sounds like my kind of pup!

  21. Thanks for the share. That is one long word. Maybe they can abbreviate it so it only takes three hours to say it. Thanks for sharing the poem. Have a wonderful rest of your day.
    World of Animals

  22. Now that's a HOT dog ;) Okay. Okay. Toto was pretty adorable!

  23. Toto sounds like he was a mighty and hilarious ruler of his domain!!

    I never knew R was known as the canine letter...very cool!!

  24. A mighty fine poem for Toto!!! Mom loves seeing all the crazy Q words people play in WWF:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  25. We like hearing about Toto! We can't imagine a word that long and we were thinking how hard it is to play the Q sometimes in WWF
    Hazel & Mabel

  26. Oh, Toto was one tough dude! I thinks I would have liked him. Plus, when peeps come to the door, I sound like a pack of Dobermans! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  27. WOW.....Q and R are interesting letters as well! Having fun with this! We loved the photos and poem about Toto. My Mom's family had a miniature long-haired dachshund named "Skoshie" - what a sweet pup he was. Not as sweet as me of course but still sweet!

    Hugs, Teddy

  28. Oh that's right - I remember you telling us all about Toto! Don't all doxies have 'tudes? That's what Puddles always told us!

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