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what is the longest word in dictonery?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

    "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is the 34-lettered song title from the 1964 movie Mary Poppins. As a song title, it is a proper noun, but the word, and variations, has entered the English language as an adjective and an adverb. It is one of the longest words in the English language. According to the Sherman Brothers, the word was created by them when they were boys at Summer Camp.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends . . .

    It might be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (which appears in the Oxford English Dictionary), unless you want to count names of diseases (such as 'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis', defined by the OED as "a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust' but occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word"), places (such as 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch', a village in Wales), chemical compounds (apparently there is one that is 1,913 letters long), and also a few words found only in Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

    Other words famous for being sesquipedalian:

    * antidisestablishmentarianism ("opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England")

    * floccinaucinihilipilification

    * honorificabilitudinitatibus (Which appears in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, and which has been cited as [dubious] evidence that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays)

    Or perhaps smiles is the longest word — after all, there is a mile between the first letter and the last.

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  • 1 decade ago

    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis-'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust.

    antidisestablishmentarianism-opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England

    honorificabilitudinitatibus -Which appears in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, and which has been cited as [dubious] evidence that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays

    Or perhaps smiles is the longest word — after all, there is a mile between the first letter and the last.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Different dictionary's list different words as the longest..

    'pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis', defined by the OED as "a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust' but occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word")

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  • 1 decade ago

    This depends on the edition of the dictionary you use. Technicaly the longest recognised word is the full name of some chemical or other and is several hundreds of letters long.

    Antidisestablishmentarianism is a long word and is actually used sometimes.

    PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS is a lung disease and the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Church of England Floccinaucinihilipilification

    Honorificabilitudinitatibus (Which appears in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, and which has been cited as [dubious] evidence that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays)

    'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch a village in Wales),

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  • 1 decade ago

    infinity :)

    Actually it's:

    Floccinaucinihilipilification - the act or habit of estimating or describing something as worthless, or making something to be worthless by said means.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floccinaucinihilipili...

    FYI:

    The word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is defined as "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, mostly found in volcanos". However, research has found that this word is a hoax.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumonoultramicrosco...

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  • 1 decade ago

    August

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  • 1 decade ago

    super cali fragilistic expe ali docious...

    It is the famous song in the Mary Poppins movie...

    Julie Andrews sang the song...

    I can't type it all as one word here because the spell check cuts off the word...

    So I wrote it in a way you can read it easier...

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  • 1 decade ago

    dunno about english but in my mother-tounge you can make huge words like:

    "Donaudampfschifffahrts - gesellschaftskapitäns - mützenabzeichen - herstellungsfabrik - angestellter"

    (minus the "-". had to put that in coz yahoo wouldn't spell out the whole thing)

    lol no joke! that's a legit word and actually makes sense but nobody would actually use something like that in a sentence

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