Friday, April 08, 2005


Not the longest word.


Blogger Travis said...

Neither is floccinaucinihilipilification.

4/09/2005 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justin here-

Isn't it pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?

At least that's what they told me in 4th grade when they taught it to me...

4/09/2005 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Q. What is the longest word in the dictionary?
A. It depends . . .

It might be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (which appears in the Oxford English Dictionary), unless you want to count names of diseases (such as 'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis', defined by the OED as "a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust' but occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word"), places (such as 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch', a village in Wales), chemical compounds (apparently there is one that is 1,913 letters long), and also a few words found only in Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

Other words famous for being sesquipedalian:

* antidisestablishmentarianism ("opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England")
* floccinaucinihilipilification
* honorificabilitudinitatibus (Which appears in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, and which has been cited as [dubious] evidence that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays)

Or perhaps smiles is the longest word — after all, there is a mile between the first letter and the last.

4/12/2005 03:37:00 PM  

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