The longest word in the English language

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

 Take a guess at what it means; then check it out.

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Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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13 Responses to The longest word in the English language

  1. Steve says:

    And all this time I thought that quasitotalitarianistically was the the longest word in the english language. Now if only I could actually pronounce or write this new one without a copy/paste feature. 🙂

  2. robertstevenson says:

    I had always thought it was antidisestablishmenttarianism. I think it’s someone’s job to coin new words that noone can pronounce.

  3. Steve says:

    It’s amazing how both our words use similar words and concepts to get there but you definitely win.

  4. Paul says:

    I believe that
    “funkychocolateicecreamsundaewithwhippedcreamandacherryontopisis” trumps you both.

  5. Steve says:

    You win Paul (especially on a day like today when I’m fasting)

  6. joe says:

    its a deseise from inhaling volcanic ash

  7. kaitlyn says:

    it is a disease that occors when you are aroun alot of volcanic ash

  8. sina says:

    the real longest word in English language is Osseocaraniasanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary(51 letters), which can be translated roughly as ‘of bone, flesh, blood, organs, gristle, nerve, and marrow’. but chemical names (when they are combined) can have unlimited letters. also some people believe that aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic(52 letters)(attributed to DR Edward Strother) is the longest word. so i guess now we all know that antidisestablishmentianism is not even a hard word to spell, or pronounce. try to say those words 3 times without mistaking.

  9. Jess says:

    It is a minor lung diseaase caused by volcanic sand. I have pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis on my bulletin board, and can spell it orally. : – )

  10. Tanya says:

    It is a disease that you get from inhaling volcanic ash. It’s sorta like Asbestosis. But I know of a word that is 1913 letters long, so I think that word beats yours. ☺

  11. Jaci says:

    actually, i looked it up on wikipedia and there’s a chemical name that’s over 430,000 letters. Or so they say.

  12. Jaci says:

    oh, sorry, i relooked it up and its only 139,000 (About) letters. haha.

  13. Jake says:

    Tanya is right that’s what it means i had to do a report on it last year.

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