Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Longest Words

  1. The longest word in standard English dictionaries is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis at 45 letters long.
  2. The longest English word that does not contain the letter 'e' is floccinaucinihilipilification at 29 letters.
  3. Cabbaged and fabaceae, each 8 letters long, are the longest words that can be played on a musical instrument.
  4. Aegilops, 8 letters long, is the longest word with its letters arranged in alphabetical order.
  5. Spoonfed, 9 letters long, is the longest word with its letters arranged in reverse alphabetical order.
  6. CIMICIC and CIMICID, each 7 letters long, are the longest words that are exclusively made up of Roman numerals when written in upper case. Among words consisting of only Roman numeral letters, the "highest scoring" are MIMIC (2,102) and IMMIX (2,012).
  7. Overnumerousnesses, 18 letters long, is the longest word that consists of only letters that lack ascenders, descenders and dots in lower case.
  8. Lighttight and hillypilly, each 10 letters long, are the longest words consisting only of letters with ascenders, descenders and dots in lower case.
  9. Tittifill, 9 letters long, is the longest word consisting only of letters with ascenders or dots in lower case.
  10. Honorificabilitudinitatibus, 27 letters long, is the longest word consisting strictly of alternating consonants and vowels.
  11. Dermatoglyphics, misconjugatedly and uncopyrightable , each 15 letters long, are the longest words in which no letter appears more than once.
  12. Unprosperousness, 16 letters long, is the longest word in which each letter occurs at least twice.
  13. Esophagographers, 16 letter long, is the longest word in which each of its letters occurs twice.
  14. Discrete - discreet is the longest homophonic anagram (2 similarly pronounced words that are spelled differently but sound the same and are composed of the same letters).
  15. Redivider is the longest common palindromic word ( a word reading the same backwards and forwards).
  16. The longest words that are reverse images of each other are stressed and desserts .

27 Comments:

Jenna said...

How interesting! I've actually never heard of a few of those words -- but hey, you learn something new every day!

alex said...

Dugg! english is such a complicated and interesting language. Great post!

http://digg.com/odd_stuff/16_Incredible_English_Words

Billybob said...

This is an old one, but the longest single syllable word in the English language is SCREECHED (from an old useless facts post).

Anonymous said...

spoonfeed.....

piratenblog said...

Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft

see also in the wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizit%C3%A4tenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft

and of course: Rinderkennzeichnungs-_und_Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rinderkennzeichnungs-_und_Rindfleischetikettierungs%C3%BCberwachungsaufgaben%C3%BCbertragungsgesetz

German is just a very fun language :)

xxx_foley_xxx said...

if you can justify using two o's in spoonfed, and still say it's the longest word in reverse alphabetical order, then why wouldn't the longest in that catagory be spoon-f-e-e-d....? it's totally like a verb and shit.

Anonymous said...

cool,
but I would have put the list in order based on the number of letters in each word.

John Q said...

Actually, Roman numerals are place sensitive. MIMIC would not be 2012, but 1999 since the I's are before the M and the C

Sean said...

From now on, I'm going to work 'misconjugatedly' into every conversation I have

Artur said...

I read that "Bookkeeper" is the only word with 3 pairs of double letters.

Steve said...

Stewardesses is the longest word that can be typed with one hand when typing formally.

Cristian said...

Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious...
No but seriously, thats wicked. :D

Tim said...

Jenna, would you like some sausages?

Anonymous said...

What about the longest (and only) word that contains all vowels including 'y' in alphabetical order? "facetiously"

Laugh IT Out said...

great learning.

Bubble said...

re. Artur:
Try Subbookkeeper for 4 doubles.

Matt said...

it missed the longest word with all the vowels listed only once and in alphabetical order: facetious.

Matt said...

okay, just saw the post, nevermind.

Casey said...

You forgot TYPEWRITER the longest word that can be spelt using only one row on the keyboard! :D

Al said...

well the longest place name in the UK is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

It's in North Wales, where the majority of the local population speak Welsh as a first language. The proper Welsh pronunciation is quite difficult for English speakers, as it includes a lot of sounds that we don't use!

mardeg said...

The longest single syllable with a single vowel is STRENGTHS.
The longest word with each vowel in reverse alphabetical order is SUBCONTINENTAL

mardeg said...

Artur said...
"I read that "Bookkeeper" is the only word with 3 pairs of double letters."
Sorry Artur, there is also "Tattooee"

Anonymous said...

Wikipedia: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis


Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (Sound Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.ogg?, also spelled -koniosis) is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust found in volcanoes' but occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word."[1] It was coined to serve as the longest English word. The more general and widely used term for this condition is pneumoconiosis.

Gary H said...

The word, -"ALMOST"- is the longest word in the English language, that the letters are in alphabetical in order.

Janine said...

the longest word in English is "smiles" because between the two "s" you've got a "mile" aha aha

Anonymous said...

MIMIC

its not 1999 either.

m 1000
i 1
c 100
X 10

1999 would be MCMXCIX
1000+900+90+9

MIMIC IS
M 1000
IM 999
IC9

MIMIC 1000+999+9 OR 2018

jenna dork moron said...

everybody is a giant sucker espacially you- jenna ha!you jerk hahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahaahahaahahahahhahahahahahah!!!!I RUlE

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