I saw a very long thread about this topic, and I wanted to set the record completely straight. You will notice that I mentioned ENGLISH LANGUAGE in the subject. Unless someone can give us a reliable definition for the extremely long finnish word I believe we should refrain from discussing it.

The main debate appears to be whether PNEUMONO­ULTRA­MICRO­SCOPIC­SILICO­VOLCANO­CONIOSIS is a legitimate word, as it was coined simply to make a new longest word but has a real definition. Many have said that FLOCCI­NAUCINI­HILIPIL­IFICATION is the longest REAL word, because of previously stated complication with PNEU..., which is described as "factitious", meaning artificial. However, it appears in four respectable dictionaries and as I have said, has a real definition. Because it is "real" enough to be actually used in conversation (although maybe only at medical colleges) I believe it has enough status to be considered a real word, and thus, the longest word in the english language.

Chemical names should be thrown out of the question. Seeing as they are basically combinations of many different amino acids, proteins, enzymes and the like, they are not really words but more letter combinations.

Antidisestablishmentarianism is a word commonly cited as an example of the longest english word. However, it is shorter than FLOCCI... or PNEUM... which obviously makes it NOT the longest.

Some say smiles is the longest because there is a mile between each S. Also, Someone suggested beleaguered, because a league is longer than a mile. Both are true and interesting interpretations (thank you very much to all of those who suggested these), but the thread was asking for longest by letter count, so neither of these count (yes, I may be too thorough).

A very interesting link to a page about many of the vowel, syllable, etc. debate, as I do not want to bother with them, is: http://www.fun-with-words.com/word_vowels.html

So there you have it. I hope this is definitive as to the longest word in the english language. Feel free to post back, but please give me a sensible response, and this discussion is NOT about place names, foreign words, or chemical names, so do not use those.

Thank you
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I think this topic has been discussed several times in this forum
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dear whoever you are,

i am 13 years old ad i awas reading ripley's believe it or not and there is a greek word that we use ine the english languge. we used it in the middle ages and it means: somebody that is phycic or can see the future. i don't know if it counts because it is greek, but you can always check.

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i just said that to someone and their response was, "Diseases are not words, plus it's not in English; it's in Latin."
....I don't know Latin, I know English...are all words influenced by other languages considered to be "not English"...I thought English just cherry-picked what it wanted from older languages in the first place...?
the longest word in the world is uuuuum oh mygod tis is garage in no it but the comp wont let me paste it onto this page any ways the longest word is like 1,185 lettersand by the way this is a twelve year old u doofs if u cant figure this out i would think that a definate 12 year old couldn't figure it out im so ashamed.Emotion: stick out tongue





















this word is really long i found it in one of my grandpas dictionaries
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Rofl im only 13 and i was looking for a word thats the longest...
is this the one that you found?
Emotion: stick out tonguewhat ever happened tio superkalafragilisticexpialadocious?
sorrt to burst ur bubble but i have found one longer than the 3 of those words combined look it up some time its about 187,000 letters long have a look for it
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