The Longest Word In English Takes 3.5 Hours To Pronounce

The longest word in English has 189,819 letters and would take you three and a half hours to pronounce correctly. Seriously. It's the chemical name of Titin (or connectin), a giant protein "that functions as a molecular spring which is responsible for the passive elasticity of muscle." You can listen to a guy pronounce the whole damn word.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious this is not. In fact, you would need to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious over 5000 times to come close to this word to come close to matching its letter count (go ahead, I'll wait). If you want to see the word spelled out, it looks a lot like this:

That's just the first part of the word too. The whole thing can be found in a 65kb textbit file here. You're going to be scrolling for a very long time. For reference, the internet says that Pride and Prejudice has about 120,000 words and the New Testament has about 180,000 words. And if you're bold, you can watch the video above where the guy actually pronounces the whole damn thing (the flower doesn't survive the pronunciation). [Geekologie via DesignTaxi]


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    Is this video real? I mean the guy sounds Russian (dubious much) and the flower mysteriously dies half way through. I mean really....

    Well, I do have a few hours to kill next week, flying from CHC-SYD. :-)

    Long word - but not the longest in the English language (in fact, even the plural of this word is longer - just add an 's').

    Once you start adding chemical compounds to make a word - there really is no limit to word length - then make it plural just to make it longer again.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_word_in_English
    In particular the technical terms bit.

    Now add "-y"/"-ish" to the end to describe a similar compound. Gotta love morphological productivity. The longest word is, and will only ever be, the longest word anyone has bothered to write down or say, with a longer word always being just one more affix away.

    So basically, no one wants to work with this protein since the paperwork that needs to be done would take such an astronomically large amount of time. LOL

    That's not english, that's technobabble!

    According to the Oxford Dictionary Online.

    "People sometimes ask whether a DNA string can be considered as the longest English word, given that they can run to many thousands of letters. The answer is no: they're regarded as chemical names rather than genuine words in the sense of meaningful items of vocabulary. The same is true of the formal names of chemical compounds. These can be almost unlimited in length (for example, aminoheptafluorocyclotetraphosphonitrile, 40 letters) and many contain numerals, Roman and Greek letters, and other symbols, as well as ordinary letters. We don't tend to regard these terms as proper 'words'."

    I think that word is just a crazy example of button mashing.

    For all the people that watch Duck Dynasty, I thought it was Mountain Man saying a normal word.

    2:09:22 flower dies......
    Don't use this word around your plants, You have been warned :P

    I will get my doc to write me a prescription. My muscles are always tired :)

    That is quite possibly the stupidest thing i have read in a long time. The dickheads who thought that name was a good idea have clearly been licking too many petri dishes.

    Not only does the plant die, his beard grows! This is scientific humour?

    Most (terrible assumption, but we'll go with it) believe the longest word to be antidisestablishmentarianism, isn't it?

    For the longest time, I had 'known' pneumonoultramicroscopicsiliconvolcanisis to be the longest word, albeit a medical terminology/condition and therefore not necessarily expected to be part of the regular (or indeed extended) English vocabulary.

    So is there a definitive line between "word" and "name"?

    sounds like some spells from supernatural

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