Quick: Spell a 16-letter word meaning 150th anniversary.

Sesqu ….

icenten ….

ni…. Oh, never mind.


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Or perhaps you got it right on the first try … without looking in the dictionary? … or doing a Google search?

For the record, "sesquicentennial" is the correct spelling of this fancy word for 150th anniversary.

It's the tricky spelling of this seldom-used word — let's face it: how often does a sesquicentennial roll around, after all? — that prompted the former Carroll County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee to officially change its name.

Henceforth, the group is the Carroll County Civil War 150th Committee.

The committee officially adopted its new, more speller- and Web-search-friendly moniker at a May 31 meeting.

In this case, the celebration of the Civil War's big anniversary gave a nod to 21st century technology.

Members say the change was prompted by concerns that people doing a Web search — or using Facebook or Twitter to try and find out more about Carroll's plans for celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War — were too likely to misspell the word sesquicentennial … and thus come up empty on their search.

Searchers were far more likely, committee members concluded, to use phrases like 'Carroll County/Civil War 150th anniversary when they searched.

Hence, the name change.

Members hope the change will make it easier for people to learn more about the battle … rather than spelling bees.

"There was nothing to it. No hidden guns, no smoking guns or anything like that," said Westminster resident Ron Kuehne, who is on the committee as serves as its spokesman.

"We just felt (the new name) lined up with the names of the other committees like ours around the country."

Kuehne says never mind trying to spell sesquicenn … or whatever.

"It's hard enough to say it, I'll tell ya," he laughed.