When I added a custom tagline for my site in Customizer it made that tagline part of the permalink without my realizing it. I have turned off the tagline. It does not appear in the permalink settings panel. It is too long to leave there. Do I have to remove it manually from each page?
Wordpress used the tagline as the slug for the home page and so it became part of the permalink for all the subsequent pages.
And I realized that I am overthinking this.I was worrying that users would have to type in the whole string to get where they wanted to go and of course they would not. I will change the home page slug to something more relevant for SEO and leave it at that. So I guess I am saying "never mind."