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Jacob Rees-Mogg Calls Schoolboy Who Bested His Longest Word Record A 'Hero Of Our Times'

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

01/08/2017 10:28 | Updated 01 August 2017

Brexiteer. 18th Century throwback. Potential Tory leadership candidate. Jacob Rees-Mogg is many things. 

But a bad sportsman he certainly is not - and he proved it by applauding a teenager who has beaten his record for the longest word ever spoken in the House of Commons.

The MP for North East Somerset used 29-letter floccinaucinihilipilification, defined as the action or habit of estimating something as worthless, to highlight alleged corruption among judges in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in 2012.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg used the word floccinaucinihilipilification in the House of Commons

But 16-year-old Michael Bryan went one better, using 45-letter pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis at a Youth Select Committee meeting in the Commons on 14 July.

According to Oxford Dictionaries, this is “an invented long word said to mean a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust”.

Rees-Mogg was quick to congratulate Bryan, posting on his now-famous Instagram account:

Unfortunately for Bryan, he won’t officially be the record-holder though, because his words will not be recorded in Hansard.

The BBC reported a House of Commons spokeswoman said that they would, however, be recorded on the British Youth Council’s website.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Rees-Mogg congratulated Bryan and labelled him “a hero of our times”.

“He’s achieved exactly what he intended to, that is to say he’s raised a poltiical issue about the different treatments of different diseases by using a longer word.”

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Jacob Rees-Mogg's record has been bested by a 16-year-old

The Tory MP vowed he will learned to pronounce the name of Welsh village Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - to which Today presenter John Humphrys chimed in by pronouncing it and declaring it “straightforward”.

We look forward to hearing a no-doubt flawless pronunciation from Rees-Mogg in due course. 

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