I am so confused. All these double letters and meanings are making my head spin. I'm glad I don't have to be a guru or hoodookeeper or--what was it?--a voodoozoozoozooboobookraccoonnookkeeper. I probably couldn't be one even if I wanted too.
And if all that nonsense were to be left and forgotten upon a pedestal of stone and let to weather, it might be later be discovered and be called a voodoozoozoozooboobookraccoonnookkeeperhoodoo. You be the guru and hoodookeeper that finds, catalogs, and preserves them, zuzuzu.
I can tell you. First, you need to take your raccoonnookkeeper's civil service exam. If you score 700 or higher, you're eligible to be interviewed at your state's U.S. Raccoonnookkeeper's Civil Service (USRNKCS) employment office. If you're deemed qualified, you will be contacted when the next available position is open. You must serve at least one year as a Raccoonnookkeeper Apprentice (RA), then another as a Raccoonnookkeeper Intern (RI), before you can be certified as a Master Raccoonnookkeeper.
Very stringent rules, as you might imagine for such an important position.
I know what it means because I read the etymology. I think the average English speaker would have a difficult time parsing this word. Compound words in English pretty much max out at 2 pieces, bookkeeper, firehouse, lukewarm, all pairs. Of course, I have madeupicalized words that have far less reason for existence.
seanahan : but you know exactly what it means, right? So, it's a specific word to describe a very specific idea. Which makes it legitimate, in my book. Besides which, the statement that English is not agglutinative cannot be entirely true, or the word "bookkeeper" would not be admissible.
Bookkeeper is (i think) the only word in the English Language that has three-sets of double-letters. Someone suggested subbookkeeper, which has 4 sets of double-letters. (i can't take credit for this word) but someone suggested that if you have raccoons and you keep them in a nook, then you would be a raccoonnookkeeper, which holds the record at 5 sets of double letters.