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It depends whose dictionary you look at. The Germans have really silly word lengths because they use single words for compound nouns.

If you count proper nouns then http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
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It depends whose dictionary you look at. The Germans have really silly word lengths because they use single words for compound nouns.

If you count proper nouns then http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
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Is the word in question German?
 

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No, that one is Welsh.
 

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No, that one is Welsh.
Would it not be a big word in Welch's dictionary?


It depends whose dictionary you look at. The Germans have really silly word lengths because they use single words for compound nouns.
If you count proper nouns then http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
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MAybe in an English style dictionary, this word may be the biggest antiestablishmentarianism

 

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MAybe in an English style dictionary, this word may be the biggest antiestablishmentarianism


That would come as a surprise to any antidisestablishmentarianists out there.
 

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I always thought 'elastic' was the longest word.
 

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MAybe in an English style dictionary, this word may be the biggest antiestablishmentarianism


That would come as a surprise to any antidisestablishmentarianists out there.

"dis" is it? ::)

I always thought 'elastic' was the longest word.
Is that stretching the idea a bit? ;D

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I thought "smiles" was the longest word, when you take away the initial "S" it's still miles.

A couple of less silly points. Proper nouns are not generally found in dictionaries because they don't really mean a lot.
The correct spelling of the  word for the language and people of Wales is Welsh not welch.
 

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Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis  ????????

MUST be a German Noun. It means - in English - a pneumonia that is a medical complication of silicosis that came about by breathing in the glass-like, ultra microscopic airborne debris from an erupting volcano.

I have noted a trend in science that as a science become more and more specialized, the scientist tend to invent words to justify their work. The amount of jargon generated is astounding.

"The Glossary of Geology" I bought as a new release while a student has grown from a bit over 240 pages at that time. The second version I bought about 10 years ago was over 500 pages. To well over 800 pages - (I estimate) if you get a print version. Most people opt for the CD or just go to it on-line.

 

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And here I thought length wasn't really all that important...
 

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And here I thought length wasn't really all that important...

It's more important that you know how to use it properly.

In a sentence, that is.
 

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Pneumo- indicates that it's a lung manifestation of the particles; it doesn't involve pneumonia, which implies infection, although this may be present independently, because people with injured lungs are more susceptible to pathogens of all kinds.
 

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