I’m horrible at spelling. Maybe that’s why I’m a chemist instead of a biologist. All those letters (ATGC) and odd words make my eyes glaze over. In chemistry you can get away mostly with drawing and doing math
Unless you’re a biochemist working on ribulosebisphosphatecarboxylaseoxygenase or something equally distressing!
Is… Is that an actual word?
Is the new supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Yes. And it is actually intelligible to me. I’m concerned about my sanity.
This is actually the first time I’m actually scared of a word.
Then you need My First Book of Ribulosebisphosphatecarboxylaseoxygenase the Cat by Dr Swamideuss.
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis still wins.
Nice to be in a group where it’s anyone’s guess who’s being the most supercilious… even accidentally!
That’s for Year 2
That one is made up, right?
How could you say that? It’s common parlance here:
Those competitive Germans have us all soudly beaten.
At 80 letters, the longest word ever composed in German is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft , the “Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services”.Jun 3, 2013
I like this thread. I find the number of famous examples of very long words represented here quite impressive (although I have not yet seen “antidisestablishmentarianism” [the spell checker says that is incorrect?!]).
I would like to commend @jongarvey for “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogogoch” (spell checker got that one too [but I don’t think it’s worth it to find the error ]). That is one I was not expecting (though hoping) to see . Welsh is an interesting language…
I’m pretty sure that’s the longest word that’s not a proper noun (unlike “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”)
The South Africans would like to have a word on this point. Specifically, the word Tweedehandsemotorverkoopsmannevakbondstakingsvergaderingsameroeperstoespraakskrywerspersverklaringuitreikingsmediakonferensieaankondiging.
It means “issuable media conference’s announcement at a press release regarding the convener’s speech at a secondhand car dealership union’s strike meeting” and yes, it was contrived for length.
As, indeed, was Llanfair P.G., which was, I believe, coined to make an obscure railway station a tourist attraction. Welsh is actually quite an economical language (my brother speaks it) - much simpler that Irish Gaelic (which my ancestors spoke).