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  Longest word in English - Definition, explanation
The word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, also spelled pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis, is defined as "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica or quartz dust." At 45 letters, it is certainly the longest word ever to appear in a non-technical dictionary of English, the Oxford English Dictionary.
English is a language which permits the legitimate extension of existing words to serve new purposes by the addition of prefixes and suffixes.
The words so created are increasingly more contrived, however, and given that there is essentially no limit to their length (unless artificial constraints are introduced, such as not using any prefix more than once), it is dubious whether any of them can lay a claim to being the "longest" word.
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  Learn more about Longest word in English in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (defined as "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust") is certainly the longest word ever to appear in a non-technical dictionary of English (Source: OED).
Critics have complained that this word is a technical term (specifically, a medical term), and hence not worthy of consideration as the "longest word in general usage".
It should be noted that English is a language which permits the legitimate extension of existing words to serve new purposes by the addition of prefixes and suffixes.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /l/lo/longest_word_in_english.html   (1274 words)

  
 Fun With Words: Word Oddities
The only English words that consist entirely of letters with descenders in lower case are gyp and gyppy.
Other words with this property are scarce; they include the ten letter words duoliteral and unoriental, the fourteen letter word subcontinental, and the fifteen letter words neuroepithelial and uncomplimentary.
The longest alphabetic sequences to appear in English words are mnop and rstu.
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 Fun With Words: Word Oddities
Other words with this property are scarce; they include the ten letter words duoliteral and unoriental, the fourteen letter word subcontinental, and the fifteen letter words neuroepithelial and uncomplimentary.
The longest alphabetic sequences to appear in English words are mnop and rstu.
I, OHO, and IHI'IHI are the only words in the English language that, when written in upper case letters, have horizontal and vertical symmetry and consist entirely of letters that have both horizontal and vertical symmetry.
www.rinkworks.com /words/oddities.shtml   (2275 words)

  
 Word Trivia
the longest homophonic anagram (2 similarly pronounced words that are spelled differently but sound the same and are composed of the same letters).
is the longest word composed entirely of letters with vertical symmetry in upper case.
are the only words that, when written in upper case, have horizontal and vertical symmetry and consist of letters that have both horizontal and vertical symmetry.
users.tinyonline.co.uk /gswithenbank/wordtriv.htm   (1638 words)

  
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The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched." 2.
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
There is a seven-letter word in English that contains eleven words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, I, therein, herein.
www.webenglishteacher.com /text/lingtrivia.txt   (363 words)

  
 The Straight Dope Mailbag: What does antidisestablishmentarianism mean?
As for the second half of your question, the longest word in the first OED was 29-letter floccinaucinihilipilification (the categorizing of something as worthless or trivial).
The longest in the OED2, usually cited as the longest word in any English dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (a miners' lung disease caused by inhaling silica), 45 letters.
Some scholars, however, deride this word as "made up," and declare '"floccinau...'" to be the champ.
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German numbers and scientific terms also come into the running, but a word chosen in 1999 as the longest word for that year (see below) was a "legal" word in the true sense of the term, since it referred to a law for labeling meat.
This was a 1999 German Word of the Year, and it also won a special award as the longest German word for that year.
The longest word in English is not "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (an invented word).
www.uwec.edu /germanclub/archives/longest_word/longest_word.html   (595 words)

  
 The longest English word and other curious words
The longest english word: The question of determining the longest english word inevitably boils down to defining what is acceptable as a word, since prefixes/suffixes can be adjoined to words to make longer words and because medical/chemical terms can get arbitrarily long.
Longest word that can be typed with the right hand alone (on a qwerty keyboard): phyllophyllin.
Longest word that can be typed with the left hand alone (on a qwerty keyboard): devertebrated.
www.cs.utexas.edu /users/arvindn/iitm/curious_words   (0 words)

  
 give me the longest word in english
The longest word in any major English language dictionary is pneumono­ultra­micro­scopic­silico­volcano­coniosis, a 45-letter word supposed to refer to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of volcanic ash, but research has discovered that this word was originally intended as a hoax.
The longest word in any major English language dictionary is pneumono­ultra­micro­scopic­silico­volcano­coniosis, a 45-letter word supposed to refer to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of volcanic ash.
However, it was coined by Everett Smith, the President of The National Puzzlers' League, in 1935 purely for the purpose of inventing a new "longest word".
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 Wordwizard Clubhouse - floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The word floccinaucinihilipilification, which is usually encountered only as an example of one the longest words in English, means something like 'the estimation of something as valueless'.
The question of the longest word in English is a difficult one; suffice it to say that floccinaucinihilipilification is one of the longest that's been seriously used; it's also the longest word in the first edition of the OED.
The longest word that actually appears in the OED is the 45-letter name of a fictional lung disease, ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis,’ which it turns out was a hoax perpetrated by the members of the National Puzzlers’ League, the world’s oldest wordplay association - the word is unknown to medical science.
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 Word Records > Longest Words
However, it was coined by Everett Smith, the President of The National Puzzlers' League, in 1935 purely for the purpose of inventing a new "longest word".
The word first appeared in English in 1599, and in 1721 was listed by Bailey's Dictionary as the longest word in English.
It is the longest word in the Macquarie Dictionary and is also in the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd Ed.).
www.fun-with-words.com /word_longest.html   (998 words)

  
 English Language Facts
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
The second longest word in the English language is "antidisestablishmenterianism".
There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
www.coopsjokes.com /amz/amzlang.htm   (0 words)

  
 Longest word in the english language? antidisestablishmentarianism.
It is often considered the longest word as it has an actual meaning instead of being created just to be long.
It was created solely for the purpose of being the longest word, however, it does appear in a few dictionaries.
The word with the most letters is a name of protein, as a name, it technically does not qualify as a word, but at 1913 characters, we just had to include it.
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 Longest Word   (Site not responding. Last check: )
the longest word in the english language, according to the ox ford dictionary is *pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
so, this big word indicates ultramicroscopic silicon volcano dust has caused inflamation of the lungs.
the longest place name still in use is taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiw en uaitnatahu, a new zealand hill.
www.expage.com /sncr6   (0 words)

  
 English language trivia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
The word "dreamt" is the only word in the English language that ends in the letters 'mt'.
English is the most widespread language in the world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language.
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 What is the longest English word? - Adelaider
Most of the words which are given as 'the longest word' are merely inventions, and when they occur it is almost always as examples of long words, rather than as genuine examples of use.
The longest word currently listed in Oxford dictionaries is rather of this kind: it is the supposed lung-disease pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters).
Saturday 18th of March 2006 02:06:28 PM What is the longest English word According to Oxford?We do have genuine (if rather obviously deliberate) examples in our files of antidisestablishmentarianism (28 letters) and floccinaucinihilipilification (29 letters), which are listed in some of our larger dictionaries.
www.adelaider.com /?thread=6474   (548 words)

  
 Interesting_Word_Facts
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
The only other word with the same number of letters is its plural: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses.
www.spc.cc.tx.us /english/English0302/Interesting_Word_Facts.html   (229 words)

  
 Language & Words Trivia
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
The third longest word in the English language is "antidisestablishmenterianism".
There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere therein, herein.
www.jayp.net /trivia/lang01.htm   (2019 words)

  
 Daily Challenge #2
This was first recognized as the longest word in the English language by the National Puzzlers' League at their 103rd semi-annual meeting in February 1935, as reported by the New York Herald Tribune on February 23, 1935.
The longest word I found that is actually considered to be a word by all sources (though it doesn't appear in my American dictionaries in this form) is "antidisestablishmentarianism", which means "opposition to the disestablishment (that word DOES appear in the American Heritage Dictionary) of the Church of England".
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis succeeded electrophotomicrographically as the longest word in the English language recognized by the National Puzzlers' League at the opening session of the organization's 103d semi-annual meeting held yesterday at the Hotel New Yorker.
www.etni.org.il /challenge/challenge2.htm   (917 words)

  
 What is the longest word in the English language?
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 longest ever english word in The AnswerBank: Arts & Literature
The longest word in The Oxford English Dictionary (TOED) is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, (45 letters) which is a lung disease brought on by inhaling certain dust particles.
The question as to which is the longest word in English is pretty meaningless, given how extendable many words are.
This might be considered the longest ‘normal' word in English, in the sense that it is - of the ones so far listed - the only one you are at all likely actually to see in print.
www.theanswerbank.co.uk /Arts-and-Literature/Question205811.html   (773 words)

  
 Puzzles & Riddles: longest word in dictionary
Or there is Another word, a scientific name for tryptophan synthetase, which is made up of 267 amino acids, has appeared written down a number of times and has 1,909 letters.
longest word in the chambers dictionary is- pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocon
This word has appeared in the American Chemical Society's Chemical Abstracts and is thus considered by some to be the longest real word.
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 Do Unto OthersProject-Church of the Science of God   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The longest one-syllable words in the English language are “screeched” and “strengths”.
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovoicanoconiosis.
The very longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.
www.dountoothers.org /english.html   (0 words)

  
 ALR September / October 2000
The longest palindromic cluster embedded in an English word is composed
Words that contain one use of one letter, two uses of a second letter, and so on are called pyramid words.
When we seek to find the longest English word that can be written on a single horizontal row of a standard typewriter keyboard, we natural place our fingers on the top row of letters__qwertyuiop__because five of the seven vowels repose there.
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