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Whatsthelongestwordintheenglishlanguage?

July 22, 2016
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When I was a kid, I remember my dad telling me that the longest word in the english language was "Antidisestablishmentarianism".  Now, I have to deal with either him being wrong, or the world having gotten more complicated since I was 8.  I'm sure it's the latter.  Dad was never wrong.  Here are the current, longest words in the English Language as compiled by Grammarly.com:

 

1. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
Length: 45 letters
Meaning: A lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica or quartz dust.

2. Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism
Length: 30 letters
Meaning: A mild form of inherited pseudohypoparathyroidism that simulates the symptoms of the disorder but isn't associated with abnormal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood.

3. Floccinaucinihilipilification
Length: 29 letters
Meaning: The estimation of something as valueless. Ironically, floccinaucinihilipilification is a pretty valueless word itself; it's almost never used except as an example of a long word.

4. Antidisestablishmentarianism
Length: 28 letters
Meaning: Originally described as opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England, it now refers to any opposition to withdrawing government support of a particular church or religion.

5. Incomprehensibilities
Length: 21 letters
Meaning: The quality of being incomprehensible. It set the record in the 1990s as the longest word "in common usage." 

 

So, happy Scrabbling!

 

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