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    Default Re: The longest English word

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I remembered it as pauci until I searched to get the spelling right, but Oxford give it this way.
    An English teacher of mine used to say both. But I don't really mind either way. In my former life as a researcher on the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations I'd have checked the OED. But now I muddle through with parentheses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't mean to sound churlish, but these threads always start to annoy me. There are all sorts of scientific names for proteins or viruses that just go on and on and ON, but those are hardly English words. So take this as a warning to anyone who is tempted to paste in one of those four-line "words" - I'll delete it. Words that actually have meanings instead of naming proteins strung together only, please.

    Besides, everyone knows that "smiles" is the longest word in English. Can you figure out why?
    Please forgive me if I hurt your feelings in any way.
    It was not my intention. It won't happen again. I'm sorry.

    P.S. 'smiles' - There's a 'mile' between the first 's' and the second 's'. I know this one.

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    I don't think Barb's feelings are hurt - she just finds discussions of this topic irksome when they take this rather uninteresting direction.

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    Default Re: The longest English word

    There is little, if anything, about language that "hurts my feelings."

    However, as a moderator, when threads end up 14 pages long with each post having a four-line "word" that is longer than the last because someone found the name of a protein, I find it very annoying. The thread had not yet gone in that direction. I was warning people not to let it do so.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    when threads end up 14 pages long with each post having a four-line "word"
    Now I'm relieved.
    May I ask what a "four-line" word means?
    I do know "four-letter" words.

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    Default Re: The longest English word

    Because there is a mile between the s's.

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    Default Re: The longest English word

    A four-line "word" means that it takes four lines of text to show the "word" because it's that long. As you can see by my use of quotes, I don't consider those words at all. If you go to other English forums and search for "longest word" you may find some of those threads. Those moderators are more patient than I am!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: The longest English word

    I donīt know if that is some kind of illness but I wouldnīt like to get that.

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