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The longest word that is really a word...

hippomonstrosequippedaliaphobia

It is hopefully spelled correctly...My 14 year old daughter told me about it...

It means the fear of extremely long words....

hehehe...Just had to share...

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I thought it was antidisestablishmentarianism.
My 10 YO told me it was :p
 

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OK...what is the meaning...???

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Oh, yeah...My word has more charicters...Have your 10 year old take that to school...Almost nobody will guess the meaning...I stumped many people for hours with it...

hehehehe...This is so fun.....

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antidisestablishmentarianism is a short one at only 28 letters (and it is the principle of being against the people who are against the establishment (usually taken to mean the establishment of the Church of England))...

try pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis which is a mere 45 letters long and is a "supposed lung disease"... That's the longest word in the Oxford English dictionary, but they also mention
"osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary (51 letters), which translates roughly as `of bone, flesh, blood, organs, gristle, nerve, and marrow'." and "aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic (52 letters), attributed to Dr Edward Strother (1675-1737)." in an article at askoxford.com.

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From what I remember, "antidisestablishmentarianism" is not supposed to be the longest word – it's the greatest number of sufixes and prefixes in one word.
 

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Wouldn't pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism come close for most suffix/prefixes on a word...
Pseudo pseudo hypo para ism makes five...
anti dis establish ment arian ism is five also... and pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism is a longer word... :)

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