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what is officially recognized as the longest word in the english language?
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Look at this link.



http://en.wikipedia....word_in_English



Floccinaucinihilipilification


Its an official real word and is in Guinness Book of Records.

Edited by jrm20, 08 December 2005 - 10:08 AM.

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hehe that's the same link I found.

Gotta love Google :tazz:
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Yeah its easy to find anything.
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hehehe same link that made me start the thread...CHEATERS!!
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...CHEATERS!!

Can't help it :tazz: Google is my weakness when I don't know the answer :) :)
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great weakness to have........i'm gonna start a new challenge that you might like
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lol
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http://www.geekstogo...topic=83495&hl= <--the challenge
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I always thought it was antidisestablishmentarianism (28 letters), and in fact won a prize for knowing it. :tazz:

According to the Oxford dictionery:
floccinaucinihilipilification (29 letters)

The rest are medical:
pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (30 letters)
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters)

Latin equivilents:
osteosarchaematosplanchnochondroneuromuelous (44 letters)
osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary (51 letters)

and fiction?:
aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic (52 letters)

http://www.askoxford...rds/longestword

What about Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Only 34 :)
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Wow, guys those are great words!

Here's a nice short word for you all-

This is the full name, 1,913 characters long, for tryptophan synthetase, a protein, which has 267 amino acids in it.

methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleucyl phenylalanylalanylglutaminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyl lysylglutamylglycylalanylphenylalanylvalylprolylphenyl alanylvalylthreonylleucylglycylaspartylprolylglycylisol eucylglutamylglutaminylserylleucyllysylisoleucylaspartyl threonylleucylisoleucylglutamylalanylglycylalanylaspartyl alanylleucylglutamylleucylglycylisoleucylprolylphenyl alanylserylaspartylprolylleucylalanylaspartylglycylprolyl threonylisoleucylglutaminylasparaginylalanylthreonylleucyl arginylalanylphenylalanylalanylalanylglycylvalylthreonyl prolylalanylglutaminylcysteinylphenylalanylglutamyl methionylleucylalanylleucylisoleucylarginylglutaminyllysyl histidylprolylthreonylisoleucylprolylisoleucylglycylleucyl leucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasparaginylleucylvalylphenyl alanylasparaginyllysylglycylisoleucylaspartylglutamylphenyl alanyltyrosylalanylglutaminylcysteinylglutamyllysylvalyl glycylvalylaspartylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalyl prolylvalylglutaminylglutamylserylalanylprolylphenylalanyl arginylglutaminylalanylalanylleucylarginylhistidylasparaginyl valylalanylprolylisoleucylphenylalanylisoleucylcysteinyl prolylprolylaspartylalanylaspartylaspartylaspartylleucyl leucylarginylglutaminylisoleucylalanylseryltyrosylglycyl arginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylserylarginyl alanylglycylvalylthreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginyl arginylalanylalanylleucylprolylleucylasparaginylhistidyl leucylvalylalanyllysylleucyllysylglutamyltyrosylasparaginyl alanylalanylprolylprolylleucylglutaminylglycylphenylalanyl glycylisoleucylserylalanylprolylaspartylglutaminylvalyllysyl alanylalanylisoleucylaspartylalanylglycylalanylalanylglycyl alanylisoleucylserylglycylserylalanylisoleucylvalyllysylisol eucylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylhistidylasparaginylisoleucyl glutamylprolylglutamyllysylmethionylleucylalanylalanylleucyl lysylvalylphenylalanylvalylglutaminylprolylmethionyllysyl alanylalanylthreonylarginylserine.

This was back in the day when they named a chemical compound by each amino acid's prefix. Many letters tend to repeat because there are more than 1 type of a certain amino acid in the compound. I believe after this word they realized how ridiculous it was to name compounds this way. After all, how could you memorize this word?


According to the rules of the contest it had to be the longest word in the English language, and fortunately you didn't specify from what time period...so this word still qualifies although its obsolete today :)

So, what's my prize? :tazz:

Edited by DeathOutdone, 09 December 2005 - 07:25 PM.

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They must have had a sale on Y's! :tazz:
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methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleucyl...

I'm glad that wasn't on my last AP Bio test!

So, what's my prize?

The knowledge. Make sure to memorize it in case anybody ever asks you. :tazz:

My research questions:
1. What is the longest math-related word (english)?
2. What is the longest word that can be typed using only letters from the top row of letters on a keyboard?
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The longest word in my dictionary(a couple 100 words) is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis... Yeah it was mentioned before but im just saying I consider this to be the longest ENGLISH NOT LATIN word in the language.
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The longest word in my dictionary(a couple 100 words) is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis... Yeah it was mentioned before but im just saying I consider this to be the longest ENGLISH NOT LATIN word in the language.


Does knowing what it means count......I remember learning about this word, I swear, in the 3rd or 4th grade. It's like a random fact that kids know, such as how much the human head weighs..... :tazz:
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