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#1 harvey45

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 05:20 AM

I want to find out how good your vocabularies are, so...

Here are 2 words for you to research:

1. the longest word in the english language

and

2. the fear of long words

Spoiler for Hint for 1

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#2 TheKidUpstairs

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 11:04 AM

I think you're looking for:

1 - Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

2 - Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia*

* I can't find this in a conventional dictionary; is it truly a word?!
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Posted 30 March 2008 - 03:11 PM

for 1. i have a query?

is it the longest word in the english dictionary or the longest word in the english language
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#4 harvey45

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 06:26 PM

I think you're looking for:

1 - Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

2 - Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia*

* I can't find this in a conventional dictionary; is it truly a word?!

good job, and 2 is a real word. Try dictionary.com, I think it's on there.

for 1. i have a query?

is it the longest word in the english dictionary or the longest word in the english language

If you mean in an ordinary paper dictionary, you're probably not going to find it there. I think it's on dictionary.com, though.
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#5 tink

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 07:27 PM

that is very wierd but cool
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#6 Lost in space

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 07:30 PM

Spoiler for three long ones

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 09:51 PM

Spoiler for three long ones

:lol: You know, I was just thinking of smiles too. Cool, I just thought like a great mind. ;)
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#8 bonanova

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 10:44 PM

for 1. i have a query?

is it the longest word in the english dictionary or the longest word in the english language

It's the former.

Titin, also known as connectin, is a protein that is
important in the contraction of striated muscle tissues.

As the largest known protein,
titin also has the longest IUPAC name.
The full chemical name, containing 189,819 letters,
is sometimes stated to be the longest word in the English language.

However, some professional dictionary writers regard generic names
of chemical compounds as verbal formulae rather than as English words
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 05:30 AM

However, some professional dictionary writers regard generic names
of chemical compounds as verbal formulae rather than as English words


oooooh. Now we're getting into something interesting - a bit of esoteric philosophy. What makes a word, a word?
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#10 Lost in space

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:57 AM

However, some professional dictionary writers regard generic names
of chemical compounds as verbal formulae rather than as English words


I have noticed this with germanic languages too. More obvious with new nouns that are a combination of nouns in use, so flight information in english becomes vluchtinformatie in dutch. I was told that Swiss (high german) that they are able to 'make' extremely long words.

My favorite botanical name for a species African hardwood is
Gossweilerodendron balsamiferum.. easier to say Agba (commercial name)
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