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Postby La Fiama » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:04 pm

So here is an example of a really long word, can any one beat it

HONORI­FICABILI­TUDINI­TATIBUS
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Postby Digger » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:21 pm

Why can't I find that in the Oxford Dictionary? :?:
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Postby Digger » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:22 pm

How about

hepaticocholangiogastrostomy
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Postby La Fiama » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:23 pm

Digger wrote:Why can't I find that in the Oxford Dictionary? :?:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorifica ... initatibus
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Postby Digger » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:31 pm

Don't trust wiki, anyone can alter things on there. Actually, the only reason that I looked in the dictionary is that the end of the word just doesn't look or sound right.
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Postby Digger » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:35 pm

LF, I'm wrong and you're right. Curiosity got me the better of me and this is what I've found:

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):


Well done!! 27 letters, I didn't count mine, just done it and I have 28. I wonder if there are any more?
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Postby jilli » Sat Oct 27, 2007 6:39 pm

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis :lol:
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Postby Porthos » Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:24 pm

Longest word not in a major dictionary...

Lopadotemakhoselakhogaleokranioleipsanodrimypotrimmatosilphiok-
arabomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryon-
optokephalliokigklopeleiolagōiosiraiobaphētraganopterýgōn

For interest there is a word with 189,819 letters, but it may take some room to post :lol:
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Postby Caz » Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:01 pm

longest :lol:
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