Saturday, March 5, 2011

Largest word in ENGLISH

The longest words in Oxford Dictionaries Online are:

* antidisestablishmentarianism opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England - 28 letters
* floccinaucinihilipilification the estimation of something as worthless - 29 letters
* pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis a supposed lung disease - 45 letters

however, the longest word to be found in Britain is the Welsh place name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. For obvious reasons, it's usually abbreviated to Llanfair PG.

The 20-volume historical Oxford English Dictionary includes other very long words, most of which are highly technical. These include:

* otorhinolaryngological - 22 letters
* immunoelectrophoretically - 25 letters
* psychophysicotherapeutics - 25 letters
* thyroparathyroidectomized - 25 letters
* pneumoencephalographically - 26 letters
* radioimmunoelectrophoresis - 26 letters
* psychoneuroendocrinological - 27 letters
* hepaticocholangiogastrostomy - 28 letters
* spectrophotofluorometrically - 28 letters
* pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism - 30 letters