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Top 10 Longest Words in the English Language (and the Most Difficult)

Top 10 Longest Words in the English Language (and the Most Difficult)
on January, 04 2013
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English is a very rich and creative language and it is no wonder that there are words in the language that are certified tongue twisters, not only because they are long, but because the spelling and pronunciation require experience and expertise in the language. Here are the top 10 longest words in the English Language.

10.  Honorificabilitudinitatibus
This 27-character word is found in Act V, Scene 1 of a Shakespeare play entitled Love’s Labour’s Lost. The word translates to Honorableness or invincible glorious.

9.  Floccinauccinihilipilification
This word is 30 characters long. Despite its use of flocci, the plural of floccus and which means tufts of wooly hair or small, rounded tufts of clouds, the whole word is not a scientific term. Floccinauccinihilipilification means trifling, of little or no value or something that has been estimated to be valueless.

8.  Hepaticocholangiocholecystenterostomies
This is a surgical term. The Gould’s Medical Dictionary defines hepaticocholangiocholecystenterostomy as the creation of a link or bridge between a hepatic duct and the gall bladder and between the gall bladder and the intestine to allow these organs to communicate. It is the longest word found in this medical dictionary.

7.  Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
The word is a name for a type of lung disease. It’s the disease suffered by the African miners when they inhale silicon silvers. It is the same as coal miner’s disease that is caused by the particles of siliceous volcanic dust they inhale into their lungs.

6.  Antipericatametaanaparcircumvolutiorectumgustpoops
This is the title of a book written by François Rabelais, a 15th century French Renaissance humanist, doctor, monk and writer. The book described the work of a giant named Gargantua and his son, Pantagruel.

5.  Osseocaynisanguineoviscericartilagininervomedullary
The word is a scientific term related to anatomy. It is one of the words coined by author, Thomas Love Peacock and used in his first novel, Headlong Hall, published in 1816. It is actually a compound word created by combining together classic Greek and Latin terms for parts of the body.

4.  Aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminoscupreovitriolic
This very long word with 51 characters was created by 18th century English medical writer, Dr. Edward Strother. He coined the word to describe the spa waters in Bath, a city in England.

3.  Bababadalgharaghtakamminapronnkonnbronntonnepronnt-
uonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordeenenthurnuk
This 101-character word is found in the novel, Finnegan’s Wake, written by Irish author, James Joyce and published in 1939. This is said to describe the sound of the thunderclap that signaled the fall of Adam and Eve.

2.  Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrim-
matosilphiparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophat-
toperisteralektryonoptekephalliokiglopeleiolagoiosiraiobaph-
etraganopterygon
This is a term that was used to describe the spicy foods that were cooked using remnants of beef and vegetables, a fictional dish mentioned in the comedy, Assemblywomen or Ecclesiazusae, written by ancient Greek comic playwright, Aristophanes around 392 B.C.

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Surely no other word can beat this 1,902-character word for a type of protein, which contains amino acids found in the DNA strand. Good thing it has a shortened form, connectin or titin.  It is considered the longest word in the English language, according to the 18th edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

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