May 24, 2007

Longest word in the world?

Scribbled by Angelina

What is the longest word in the world? You think you know it? Come on... Think of the longest word you can think of!

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Are you thinking of "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"?

Well, this word IS long, but it ain't anywhere near the world's longest word! Give it a guess, how many letters are there in the longest word in the world? 50? 75? 100? Or 1000?

The answer is
189,819! Your eyes are not playing tricks, and this is NOT a typo. It's true! The word of the day is:

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I can't really show it here or dial-up users might have some problems viewing my blog, lol. Fascinating, isn't it? It's the chemical name for "titin", also known as connectin. It's a protein that is important in the contraction of striated muscles tissues. Its empirical formula is C132983H211861N36149O40883S693!

Now, let me show you the second longest word in the world, which is:

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Not that long compared to the longest, this has "only" 1185 words. This is the chemical name for coat protein.

Other than these two words, there are still some long, LONG words you might have never come across before, I'll list them here!

(45 words) PNEUMONO­ULTRA­MICRO­SCOPIC­SILICO­VOLCANO­CONIOSIS (also spelled PNEUMONO­ULTRA­MICRO­SCOPIC­SILICO­VOLCANO­KONIOSIS)
A lung disease caused by breathing in particles of siliceous volcanic dust.

(39) TETRA­METHYL­DIAMINO­BENZHYDRYL­PHOSPHINOUS
A type of acid.

(37) FORMALDEHYDE­TETRA­METHYL­AMIDO­FLUORIMUM
Chemical term in the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd Ed.).

(37) DIMETHYL­AMIDO­PHENYL­DIMETHYL­PYRAZOLONE
Chemical term in the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd Ed.).

(31) DICHLORO­DIPHENYL­TRICHLORO­ETHANE
A
pesticide used to kill lice.

(29) TRINITRO­PHENYL­METHYL­NITRAMINE
A
type of explosive.

(29) FLOCCI­NAUCINI­HILIPIL­IFICATION
A
n estimation of something as worthless. Interestingly, the most common letter in English, E, does not appear in this word at all, whilst I occurs a total of nine times. The word dates back to 1741. The 1992 Guinness Book of World Records calls flocci­nauci­nihili­pilification the longest real word in the Oxford English Dictionary, and refers to pneumono­ultra­micro­scopic­silico­volcano­koniosis as the longest made-up one.

(28) ANTI­DIS­ESTABLISH­MENT­ARIAN­ISM
The belief which opposes removing the tie between church and state. Probably the most popular of the "longest words" in recent decades.

(27) HONORI­FICABILI­TUDINI­TATIBUS
Honorableness.

(27) ETHYLENE­DIAMINE­TETRA­ACETATE
The longest unhyphenated word in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th Ed.), joint with electroencephalographically.

27) ELECTRO­ENCEPHALO­GRAPHICALLY
The longest unhyphenated word in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th Ed.), joint with ethylene­diamine­tetraacetate.

(27) ANTI­TRANSUB­STAN­TIA­TION­ALIST
O
ne who doubts that consecrated bread and wine actually change into the body and blood of Christ.

(26) ETHYLENE­DIAMINE­TETRA­ACETIC
A
type of acid.

(21) DIS­PRO­PORTION­ABLE­NESS and (21) IN­COM­PREHEN­SIB­ILITIES
These are described by the 1992 Guinness Book of World Records as the longest words in common usage.

There are some very, VERY long place names too. Imagine if you wanna travel there. When you go up a taxi and the driver asks for the destination, what are you going to say?

Some places with long names:

(85) TAUMATA­WHAKA­TANGI­HANGA­KOAUAU­O­TAMATEA­TURIPUKAKA­PIKI­MAUNGA-
­HORO­NUKU­POKAI­WHENUA­KITANA­TAHU

A hill in New Zealand. This Maori name was in general use, but is now generally abbreviated to Taumata. The name 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.

(66) GORSA­FAWDDACH­AIDRAIGODAN­HEDDO­GLEDDOLON­PENRHYN­AREUR­DRAETH­-

CEREDIGION
A town in Wales. The name means: the Mawddach station and its dragon teeth at the Northern Penrhyn Road on the golden beach of Cardigan bay.

(58) LLAN­FAIR­PWLL­GWYN­GYLL­GOGERY­CHWYRN­DROBWLL­LLANTY­SILIO­GOGO­GOCH
A town in North Wales. The name roughly translates as: St. Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

(41) CHAR­GOGAGOG­MAN­CHAR­GOGAGOG­CHAR­BUNA­GUNGAMOG
Another name for Lake Webster in Massachusetts. Probably the longest name in the United States. Alternative spellings are:
(44) CHAR­GOGGAGOGG­MAN­CHAUG­GAGOGG­CHAU­BUNA­GUNGAMOGG,
(45) CHAR­GOGGAGOGG­MAN­CHAUG­GAGOGG­CHAU­BUNA­GUNGAMAUGG,
(44) CHAR­GOGGAGOGG­MAN­CHAUG­GAGOGG­CHA­BUNA­GUNGAMAUGG.

(23) NUNATH­LOOGAGA­MIUT­BINGOI
The Eskimo name for some dunes in Alaska.

BUT! There is another waaaaaaaaaaay longer word. Okay, okay, don't push the "home" button yet! And that word is "SMILES". Why? because there is a MILE between the first and the last letter! A mile long word!

So smile more and you've just said the longest word anyone have ever said! =)

~ Angelina

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