I played trivia at a bar a few weeks ago. One of the questions that my team missed was, “what’s the word with the longest entry in the Oxford English Dictionary?”
Now, as it happens, I OWN some of the Oxford English Dictionary. Specifically, I own the letters A-O. I own all those letters. But I haven’t memorized the words starting with those letters, or their entry lengths.
The answer given by the Trivia Providers was the word: SET
Turns out, that was a big fat lie. According to the OED, the word MAKE has been king since its emtry was revised the year 2000. See for yourself. Someday soon, though, SET will be revised, and it may then regain the crown.
In the meantime, I think that my team should consider itself the winner of that contest.
[Thanks to languagehat for the link.]