LOngest word in English
23 Dec 06
The word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (also spelled -koniosis) is defined as "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica(sandlike)dust,mostly found in volcanoes".It was coined by Everett Smith,the President of National Puzzlers League,in 1935 purely for the purpose of inventing a new "longest word",but has been used in several sources as an approximation of its originally intended definition. The name generally used to describe this condition is pneumoconiosis.The Oxford English Dictionary described the word as factitious. Nevertheless it also appears in Webster's,Random House,and Chambers dictionaries.