The longest word of any language (189,819 letters long)

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29 Jun 2010, 12:02 pm

It wouldn't count for anything in scrabble because it isn't a proper word. A word isn't a proper word until it appears in a dictionary. The longest word (in a dictionary) in English is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis a lung disease, silicosis for short.



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29 Jun 2010, 3:25 pm

A very Aspie reply to what was a joke :lol:

I wonder how wide the board would have to be to fit the word on too? :wink:


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29 Jun 2010, 3:47 pm

Hey, now that I recognize it, that's my mother's maiden name :)



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29 Jun 2010, 4:03 pm

Looks like a word the Welsh came up with!


(Sorry, I can't help but bash the Welsh language everytime I am reminded of it. Despite that I make fun of it, I like the language.)



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30 Dec 2016, 3:10 am

omg and I had thought pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis was long



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30 Dec 2016, 5:19 pm

I am fascinated by curiosities in the English language and other languages. That is one long word!



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01 Jan 2017, 2:32 am

You'd run well out of board spaces and pieces, unless you're playing some super huge version of Scrabble.



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01 Jan 2017, 2:47 am

Wonder how it’s pronounced, anyone care to try?



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01 Jan 2017, 6:58 am

ShenLong wrote:
Looks like a word the Welsh came up with!


(Sorry, I can't help but bash the Welsh language everytime I am reminded of it. Despite that I make fun of it, I like the language.)

I can't say I didn't think the same thing. Maybe it's just their way of having fun.


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01 Jan 2017, 12:32 pm

If anyone can properly spell this word, then they should deserve some super award. It has more letters than the world record for memorizing the most digits of pi.



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01 Jan 2017, 4:34 pm

It does NOT resemble Welsh in any way. It looks like what it is:a medical term created by linking together internationally known (Latin and Greek based) medical/chemical terms. Its hard, but not impossible, to pronounce. If it were vernacular Welsh then it would be impossible to pronounce. And...it actually has vowels! And vowels where you expect to see them. Nothing like Cymru (the Welsh name for the Welsh language). :lol:



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05 Jan 2017, 2:10 pm

"Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" is the longest word in English


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05 Jan 2017, 7:59 pm

I'm rather fond of that mountain in New Zealand with the very long Maori name. I forget it all right now but if you've ever seen the Kenny Everett Show one of the regularly-featured songs recited it in its entirety. It was called The Lone Ranger, performed by Quantum Jump, and was banned by the BBC in 1978 apparently for homoerotic overtones. While that was the official explanation, I think it had more to do with the fact that Everett's show was on the rival ITV network (LWT) becuase lyrically it was rather tame compared to the other material the BBC was banning in the same era.


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25 Jan 2017, 2:58 pm

OP's ginormous word sure has a lot of Y's in it. :o