Antidisestablishmentarianism

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Moronail
I don't know if it's true, but I was told (when I was a kid) that this was the longest word in the English language. I assume that doesn't include scientific or place names.


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    natedog
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    thank you, wikipedia Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism Floccinaucinihilipilification * Strengths is the longest word in the English language containing only one vowel. * Rhythms is the longest word in the English language containing none of the five recognised vowels. * Schmaltzed and strengthed appear to be the longest monosyllabic words recorded in OED; but if squirrelled is pronounced as one syllable only (as permitted in SOED for squirrel), it is the longest. * Euouae, a medieval musical term, is the longest English word consisting only of vowels, and the word with the most consecutive vowels. However, the “word” itself is simply a… Read more »

    DMYTRIW WDS
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    BTW Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis just means black lung disease.

    purple banana
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    It’s not really black lung disease- Black lung is caused specifically by deposits of coal dust in the lungs. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is more specifically irritation caused by bits of silica dust from a volcanic eruption, as if the name didn’t imply it 🙂

    Demon
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    I always thought it was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

    AgZed
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    No, that’s just the longest word normal people can actually pronounce.

    PhiPhi
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    no it’s ‘smiles’ with a mile between each ‘s’

    grammarrobot
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    Floccinaucinihilipilification is the act of assessing something as worthless. I Floccinaucinilipilificize the act of memorizing big words.

    figosound
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    Sauce?

    figosound
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    BTW I saw teh link, but I remember there was a bigger version with all the other shenannighens involving red and blue people.

    PmWi
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    Stop all this nonsense! I have hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia



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