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    #1

    The longest English word

    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

    This is the longest English word that I know.
    I learned it from a teacher when I was a junior high school student.
    I thought, "How can you remember the spelling of the word? You are a genius!"
    Much later on, I found it is actually composed of several parts:
    pneumono-ultra-microscopic-silico-volcano-coniosis
    It's a lot of fun to introduce this word to students in class. They say, "What's that? Is it a sentence?"

    Anyway, do you know any longer words than this?

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    Re: The longest English word

    No.)

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    #3

    Re: The longest English word

    Well Wikipedia also says that your word is the longest in english dictionary, one more I would like to add is "Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism". May be not longer than yours but that's what I found.....

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    Re: The longest English word

    Another one mentioned when talking about long words, and one that is a single word in English rather than lots of bits stuck together is Floccinaucinihilipilification

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    Re: The longest English word

    But that one is a joking reference to a group of Latin words that behaved the same way grammatically or semantically (not sure which ). Schoolboys (there was no such thing as a schoolgirl at the time) had a mnemonic jingle that started 'Flocci, nauci, [pauci...] nihili, and pili...', and although many dictionaries still list it I don't imagine anyone uses it, except as a joke. (There are aren't that many contexts that call for a word that means 'The art or habit of estimating as worthless'! )

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    Re: The longest English word

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    There are aren't that many contexts that call for a word that means 'The art or habit of estimating as worthless'!
    It might be a useful word for some members to use of my character when I delete some post they have lovingly crafted (?), only to find it deleted by me with the reason given - 'pointless post', 'clone of banned user' or (only once) 'drivel'.

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    Re: The longest English word

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    nauci, [pauci...]
    I remembered it as pauci until I searched to get the spelling right, but Oxford give it this way.

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