This is a brain teaser. It is intended to challenge your cognitive biases and implicit associations.
When I was a kid, the most notorious word in the whole world was not one of the dirty words or what we called a “cuss” word. The infamous word was antidisestablishmentarianism. It was believed to be the longest word in the world and the hardest of all words to spell correctly, especially if it had to be spelled orally while standing in front of a room full of people.
Snapping back to the present day, I want to write about a word that I recently made up which happens to rhyme with antidisestablishmentarianism. Can you guess what it is?
Hint #1: What do philosophers, theologians, and psychiatrists have in common? Among other things, many of them are anti-eclectic (or in the case of theologians, anti-syncretic). They may hold that the logical edifices which they inhabit are built carefully block upon block and that one mustn’t compromise its integrity by pulling blocks out here and there (perhaps “willy-nilly”) and putting in foreign blocks. This is the Leggo principle of orthodoxy. Or they may see their edifice as standing on a particular foundation of authority that prohibits any deviation. In an age when knowledge was passed down orally from master to disciple it must have been very difficult to prevent the corruption of the one true faith with foreign or extraneous ideas. The word I have in mind might apply to someone who defends such orthodoxy or anti-eclecticism.
Hint #2: The word I’m thinking of would apply to a person who opposes the removal of ivory stovepipes.
Hint #3: This would raise such a person’s blood pressure:
The word that rhymes with antidisestablishmentarianism is…………..
Did you guess it?
Are you one of them?