demisemiseptcentennial

“one-half of one-half of 700 years”

found in: Texas Highways Magazine, Oct. 2010, p. 9 [in an article about the 175th anniversary of the Texas revolution]

What a word! And why choose 700 years as a base? That seems strange to me. 500 or 1,000 would make more sense, I think. Or why not simply say “175th anniversary”?

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