Friday, July 13, 2007


The World's Ugliest Word Contest

The World's Ugliest Dog Contest takes place each year at the Sonoma-Marin county fair in California. If there were a contest for the world's ugliest word, I would propose statementize as a contestant. I actually came across this ugly word in a legal document recently. Apparently it means "obtain a statement from." Google has only 130 hits for statementize. LexisNexis Research identifies about half a dozen appellate court decisions containing the word, the earliest dated 1972.

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