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GEEK | 2 Years Ago By Diana Adams

The World’s Longest English Word (It Takes Over 3 Hours To Say)

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This smells like BS to me, but supposedly it’s true, and I have to admit, it’s definitely interesting. Have you ever wondered what the longest English word is? You might think it’s…

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

Even though that’s the longest word in a major dictionary, it’s far from being the longest English word. That word only has 45 letters, so it’s a lightweight compared to the actual longest English word. As it turns out, I can’t even tell you what the longest word is because it’s too long to type on this page. As a matter of fact, it takes over 3 and a half hours to say.

The guy in the video below gives it a valiant effort, although I didn’t stick around to listen to listen to the whole thing. I put a snippet of the word below, and you can click over to pastebin to see the whole thing. It has a total of 189,819 letters. It is the chemical name of Titin which is a human protein that takes care of the elasticity in muscle. According to Wikipedia (so who knows if this is true), it’s a technical word only and not in the dictionary. It is of course disputed whether or not this is even a real word.

Well, whether this is the longest English word or not doesn’t really matter. Just watching this guy recite a minute or two in this video will make you appreciate your life, and cure your insomnia. If I had to weigh in on this, it’s not a word. I mean, shouldn’t there be a maximum number of characters for a word to be considered a word? Surely 189,819 letters is over that limit. I think if you can’t say it in one breath, it’s not a word. #justsayin

Listen To The Longest English Word

(If you have over 3 hours to waste)

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Via: [Oddity Central] [Geekologie] [Ripley's]

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7 Comments

Matches Malone

January 5th, 2013

Well, if you’re going by Wikipedia standards, it follows that most of the information could be fictitious, so, who knows that someone can’t say it in one breath?

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oriens

February 25th, 2013

it’s not even english ffs.

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Chris

February 25th, 2013

IT’s not a word, even Technical “words” are just several words joined together to make a single “word” – as per your 45 letter example – Pneumono-ultra-microscopic-silico-volcano-coniosis. 6 words joined together, (could be 7 if you split micro from scopic).

Even the age old nonsense word of Supercalafragalisticexpialidocious, can be said in 1 breath.

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Dada

February 25th, 2013

This is a bunch of amino acids (leucine, alanine, phenilalanine, methionine, serine..) that probably make this protein which probably has a simple name of it’s own.

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Ruby

February 25th, 2013

I wonder how long his break was…his flowers dropped in that time! Maybe he bashed them out of frustration!! Why put yourself through that misery..?

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Trevor Millar

February 25th, 2013

LOL. That video is comedy. About half way through, there’s a cut and the plant dies. From the start to the finish the guy grow a beard!

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Marketing Guy

March 27th, 2013

If he doesn’t say “.COM” at the end, he has to start over.

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