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  1. Anonymous
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    The Longest Words

    Dear Teachers,

    I'd like to get the 'breakdown' of the longest words.

    honorificabilitudinitatibus
    antidisestablishmentarianism
    floccinaucinihilipipification
    supercalifragilisticexpiadocious
    hepaticocholecystostcholecystntenterostomy
    PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS
    Antipericatametaanaparcircumvolutiorectumgustpoops
    osseocaynisanguineoviscericartilagininervomedullar y
    aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriol ie

    Thank You!

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    Doyou mean like this?
    antidisestablishmentarianism
    anti + dis+ establish + ment + arian + ism
    against + negative + set up + noun ending + person + noun ending??


  2. Andy
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    "foccinoccinihillipillification" is spelt thus. Of the words that you listed, only "antidisestablishmentarianism" is in common use. If you're looking for really long words, then chemical names, particularly in organic chemistry, can be of any length. If you add another chemical group, you have to add it to the name specifying exactly where you put it.

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    I think the fifth one is probably a misprint. The closest I found (in Dorland's Online Medical Dictionary) were hepaticocholangiojejunostomy (the surgical creation of a communication between the hepatic duct, another biliary duct, and the jejunum) and hepaticocholedochostomy (the surgical anastomosis of the hepatic duct and the common bile duct).

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  4. Hong Kong Chinese
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    It's my post

    Good Day! Tdol and Ronbee, How do you do and MikeNewYork as well?

    I started this thread.
    By searching half days of my holiday, I found out this:
    PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS
    PNEUMONO-ULTRA-MICROSCOPIC-SILICO-VOLCANO-CONIOSIS

    FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION
    flocci-nauci-nihili-pil-ification

    I can read some of the prefix and roots
    Antipericatametaanaparcircumvolutiorectumgustpoops
    anti-peri-cata-meta-ana-par-circum-voluti-o-rectum-gust-poops

    osseocaynisanguineoviscericartilagininervomedullar y
    osseo-cayni(?)-sanguine-o-visceri-cartilag-ini(?)-merv(?)-medullary(?)

    aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriol ie
    aeque-o-salin-o-calcalin(?)-o-cerace(?)-o-alumin-o-socupre(?)-vitriolie

    hepaticocholecystostcholecystntenterostomy
    hepatic-o-cholecystost-cholecystnt-enterostomy
    note: cholecystis means inflammation of the gall bladder, so I guess that 'cholecyst' means gall bladder.

  5. Hong Kong Chinese
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    The meanings

    Here are the meanings of the longest words:
    Link:http://www.geocities.com/nglokhang/funfacts.html

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    How about this one? Many say it is the longest word in English (it's a protein):
    methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleuc ylphenylalanylalanylglutaminylleucyllysylglutamyla rginyllysylglutamylglycylalanylphenylalanylvalylpr olylphenylalanylvalylthreonylleucylglycylaspartylp rolylglycylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylserylleucyll ysylisoleucylaspartylthreonylleucylisoleucylglutam ylalanylglycylalanylaspartylalanylleucylglutamylle ucylglycylisoleucylprolylphenylalanylserylaspartyl prolylleucylalanylaspartylglycylprolylthreonylisol eucylglutaminylaspfraginylalanylthreonylleucylargi nylalanylphenylalanylalanylalanylglycylvalylthreon ylprolylalanylglutaminylcysteinylphenylalanylgluta mylmethionylleucylalanylleucylisoleucylarginylglut aminyllysylhistidylprolylthreonylisoleucylprolylis oleucylglycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasp araginylleucylvalylphenylalanylasparaginyllysylgly cylisoleucylaspartylglutamylphenylalanyltyrosylala nylglutaminylcysteinylglutamyllysylvalylglycylvaly laspartylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalylp rolylvalylglutaminylglutamylserylalanylprolylpheny lalanylarginylglutaminylalanylalanylleucylarginylh istidylasparaginylvalylalanylprolylisoleucylphenyl alanylisoleucylcysteinylprolylprolylaspartylalanyl aspartylaspartylaspartylleucylleucylarginylglutami nylisoleucylalanylseryltyrosylglycylarginylglycylt yrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylserylarginylalany lglycylvalylthreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginy larginylalanylalanylleucylprolylleucylasparaginylh istidylleucylvalylalanyllysylleucyllysylglutamylty rosylasparaginylalanylalanylprolylprolylleucylglut aminylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylserylalanyl prolylaspartylglutaminylvalyllysylalanylalanylisol eucylaspartylalanylglycylalanylalanylglycylalanyli soleucylserylglycylserylalanylisoleucylvalyllysyli soleucylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylhistidylasparag inylisoleucylglutamylprolylglutamyllysylmethionyll eucylalanylalanylleucyllysylvalylphenylalanylvalyl glutaminylprolylmethionyllysylalanylalanylthreonyl arginylserine

    I thinkI've spelt it correctly.

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    That's a mouthful. (And a half.)

    :wink:

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    #9
    There are bigger proteins. Nobody has bothered writing their sequence.

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