Antidisestablishmentarianism : In British History. A counter movement opposed to proposals to remove the Anglican Church’s status as the state church of England (the disestablishment of the state church). Why couldn’t they just be establishmentarians? If I am against those against something, I am for it.
Ok so here it is again. The church is establishment. To remove it, dis establishment. People want to remove it, dis establisment arian. The opposition to those people,Â antiÂ dis establishment arian. And finally becoming a movement, anti dis establishment arian ism.
A little overkill of a word if you ask me. Maybe they were just going for a long word. I guess it is easier to say than Proestablishmentarian.
I think I heard this wordÂ in elementary school, though I likely had no idea what it was. I have since learned the meaning. In fact, my wife was impressed last week that I knew the history of this word. She had heard it before, but thought it was made up, until I flexed my knowledge of the obscure and absurd.