Today is... Big Word Day: A day to use huge words on purpose just to impress.

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I am not HOODWINKING you either!

 

Here are the longest words in any English dictionary.  Ever hear of any of these -- I am pretty sure you all know at least one of them!

 

45) PNEUMONO­ULTRA­MICRO­SCOPIC­SILICO­VOLCANO­CONIOSIS (also spelled PNEUMONO­ULTRA­MICRO­SCOPIC­SILICO­VOLCANO­KONIOSIS) = a lung disease caused by breathing in particles of siliceous volcanic dust. This is the longest word in any English dictionary. 

 

(37) HEPATICO­CHOLANGIO­CHOLECYST­ENTERO­STOMIES = a surgical creation of a connection between the gall bladder and a hepatic duct and between the intestine and the gall bladder.
This is the longest word in Gould's Medical Dictionary.

(34) SUPER­CALI­FRAGI­LISTIC­EXPI­ALI­DOCIOUS = song title from the Walt Disney movie Mary Poppins. It is in the Oxford English Dictionary.


";But then one day I learned a word
That saved me achin' nose,
The biggest word you ever 'eard,
And this is 'ow it goes:
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"; 


(30) HIPPOPOTO­MONSTRO­SESQUIPED­AL­IAN = pertaining to a very long word.
From Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure and Preposterous Words.

(29) FLOCCI­NAUCINI­HILIPIL­IFICATION = an estimation of something as worthless.
This is the longest word in the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Interestingly the most common letter in English, E, does not appear in this word at all, whilst I occurs a total of nine times. The word dates back to 1741. The 1992 Guinness Book of World Records calls flocci­nauci­nihili­pilification the longest real word in the Oxford English Dictionary, and refers to pneumono­ultra­micro­scopic­silico­volcano­koniosis as the longest made-up one.

(28) ANTI­DIS­ESTABLISH­MENT­ARIAN­ISM = the belief which opposes removing the tie between church and state.
Probably the most popular of the ";longest words"; in recent decades.

(27) HONORI­FICABILI­TUDINI­TATIBUS = honorableness.
The word first appeared in English in 1599, and in 1721 was listed by Bailey's Dictionary as the longest word in English. It was used by Shakespeare in Love's Labor's Lost (Costard; Act V, Scene I):


";O, they have lived long on the alms-basket of words.
I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word;
for thou art not so long by the head as
honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier
swallowed than a flap-dragon.";
Shakespeare does not use any other words over 17 letters in length.

(27) ELECTRO­ENCEPHALO­GRAPHICALLY
The longest unhyphenated word in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th Ed.), joint with ethylene­diamine­tetraacetate (see below).

(27) ANTI­TRANSUB­STAN­TIA­TION­ALIST = one who doubts that consecrated bread and wine actually change into the body and blood of Christ.

(21) DIS­PRO­PORTION­ABLE­NESS and (21) IN­COM­PREHEN­SIB­ILITIES
These are described by the 1992 Guinness Book of World Records as the longest words in common usage.

Some say SMILES is the longest word because there is a MILE between the first and last letters!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Mike West
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I remember the first one from my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Zura.  And that was 100 years ago!  One would think that someone would have come up with a longer word in the more than 50 years since then.

Thanks for the distant memory and the didactic post!

Apr 21, 2011 08:15 AM #1
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Trevor Elliott
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I hope to use one of these words on my next addendum. That will have everyone scratching their heads.

Apr 21, 2011 08:20 AM #2
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Lisa Bear (RE/MAX REALTY CENTER) Waukesha,MilwWI Real Estate 2628935555
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Trevor -- I like that idea!

Apr 21, 2011 08:25 AM #3
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Lisa - Wow, it must have taking you 30 minutes for that blog.  Spell check went crazy:)

Apr 21, 2011 08:59 AM #4
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Diane McDermott
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That was interesting but my favorite is "smiles", that's very cute :)

Apr 21, 2011 09:17 AM #5
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
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Lisa

Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Easter

Apr 23, 2011 05:50 PM #6
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Lisa

If I ever have to memorize these words I am calling you. What a lung disease that would be.

Apr 24, 2011 04:07 PM #7
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