what`s the longest word that you know?

@delkar (1715)
Romania
March 14, 2009 4:10pm CST
Can you tell me what`s the longest word that you know? I`m so curious about thouse words. I`m sure that you know some. In my language, i think that it`s: sternocleidomastoidian and it`s a bone.
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@owlwings (42941)
• Cambridge, England
14 Mar 09
Try this one for size: "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch" it is actually the name of a very small village in Wales (and I defy you to pronounce it!) It actually means "St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave" The title of the most HIPPOPOTO­MONSTRO­SESQUIPED­AL­IAN word (though it's not in the dictionary) must be the name of a very large protein (and is therefore a 'coined' word). If I quoted it here it would play havoc with the width of the page, since it is reputed to have 189,819 letters. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titin ) The longest word in a major dictionary (several, actually) is "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" which means 'silicosis derived from breathing the very fine particles of volcanic dust'. It appears to be a 'hoax' word, made up specifically to be the longest word. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis )
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@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
14 Mar 09
I forgot about that village in Wales, It is one I should have remembered as I have passed through it once.
@owlwings (42941)
• Cambridge, England
14 Mar 09
I believe that one usually passes through it on the train. I have heard that it takes 24 minutes for the train to pass the name board (this may be due, however, to the necessity of pausing while tourists have their photograph taken).
• Canada
14 Mar 09
There is some debate as to whether a place name is a legitimate word,but the longest officially recognized placename in a English-speaking country is"Taumatawhakatangihangakuauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahurunukupokaiwhenuakitanatanul"(85 letters)witch is a hill in New zealand.
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@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
14 Mar 09
wow that is one long name
@owlwings (42941)
• Cambridge, England
14 Mar 09
It apparently means: "The summit of the hill, where Tamatea, who is known as the land eater, slid down, climbed up and swallowed mountains, played on his nose flute to his loved one." http://www.fun-with-words.com/word_longest.html
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@owlwings (42941)
• Cambridge, England
14 Mar 09
(One can only hope that she was impressed!)
@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
14 Mar 09
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins although I don't think it is a real word as far as I know.
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@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
14 Mar 09
haha nice!
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• United States
14 Mar 09
Hey, no fair! I was going to post that word. It was the first word I thought of when I read the question.
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@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
14 Mar 09
It is a great word sorry for stealing it from you
@underdogtoo (9589)
• Philippines
14 Mar 09
That is a long word and I'm not even sure I would want to say it for fear of offending somebody. There are many scientific words or words that mean parts of the anatomy and they are long because they are formed from many different words in the effort to make them more descriptive or relevant. I can see "sternum" and "mastoid" in your word which would suggest to me the location of your bone and btw, "mastoid" would be a soft bone. Cheers!!
@cest_moi (206)
• Canada
14 Mar 09
The longest word that I know is ALPHABET as this word contains 26 letters lol!!! Sorry, I don't know any longest words, seriously. Cheers, Cest_moi