The Longest Word
What’s the longest English word ever? As far as I know, medical and technical terms are indeed very long. Look at this word:
This is a 21-letter medical term – a medical profession commonly known as ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. Let’s break it down into more digestible parts. I’m not sure what “oto” means, but “rhino” is related to the nose (like rhinoplasty, a nose job) and “larynx” is the tissue in your throat that gives you your voice. Thus, join them together, and you’ll get otorhinolaryngologist. I seriously don’t know why it’s not called “audiarhinolaryngologist“.
As you can see, it’s not really the longest word. It’s considered the longest just because it’s a combination of various other words to coin a new word. For the record, the longest word that you could find in a dictionary is:
- Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters)
This word, coined around 1935, is found in the Oxford English Dictionary (don’t know which version), and that word means. “a lung disease caused by the inhalation of volcanic ash, causing inflammation in the lungs.” If you know of any other very long words that exist in a dictionary, do share with us in this blog.
Oh, another thing. The longest unofficial word consists of an unbelievable 189,819 letters – a chemical name to describe the largest protein. It’s not even possible to pronounce! Here’s just part of it as I don’t have the complete word:
Gee, come to think of it, these can not even be English words! 😛