What is the longest word in the world?

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What is the longest word in the world?
« on: 20/02/2011 03:28:42 »
Haha, something that can be found in dictionary. A proper word please. No randomness!  [;)]
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« Reply #1 on: 20/02/2011 03:32:43 »
Antidisestablishmentarianism.

                                                      (checked wikipedia AFTER posting: "Longest non-coined and nontechnical word.")
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« Reply #2 on: 22/02/2011 10:47:24 »
surely, if that's a word then -ist is a word (same length) and -ists is also a word (one letter more)
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« Reply #3 on: 22/02/2011 11:02:56 »
I still think its 'elastic'

E-----L-----A-----S-----------T-----------------I-----------------------------C
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« Reply #4 on: 22/02/2011 18:08:40 »
Just be thankful you do not speak Afrikaans then........

Locally there is a town called Tweebuffelsmeteenskootdoodgeskietfontein, a little place nearly smaller than the sign, though it is often abbreviated to Tweebuffels. The translated name is roughly Two Buffalo killed with one shot springs.
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« Reply #5 on: 23/02/2011 03:01:48 »
Wow, Sean, amazing. I wonder why someone would make a town name so impossible!

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« Reply #7 on: 23/02/2011 13:35:08 »
Going in the opposite direction, 'Ň' is a town in Norway (population 500) and 'Y' is a town in the Somme department of France (population 100). There is also a town named 'Y' in Alaska, (population 950).
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« Reply #8 on: 24/02/2011 05:16:57 »

Don, I can somehow grasp that. But Bored Chemist's example? Wow!

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« Reply #9 on: 24/02/2011 13:06:33 »
If brains were made of dynamite, I wouldn't have enough to blow my nose.

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« Reply #10 on: 24/02/2011 19:39:39 »

Don, I can somehow grasp that. But Bored Chemist's example? Wow!
I believe it was a Victorian publicity stunt. People would stop at the railway station just to have their picture taken alongside the station's nameplate.

They had to make their own entertainment in those days.
These people would generally stop for a cup if tea and to buy tourist tat as well so it was a source of income for the village.

There's also Tetaumatawhakatangihangakoauaotamateaurehaeaturipukapihimaungahoronuku in New Zealand  with similar origins.
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« Reply #11 on: 25/02/2011 04:29:33 »

So there is method to this madness. Thanks for clarifying, BC!

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« Reply #12 on: 25/02/2011 10:46:12 »
Just in case you might be wondering, LLanfairpwll..... that place in Wales, the name translates into English as 'Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of Saint Tysilio near the red cave'.

Perhaps they should bring the name up to date by adding 'on the isle of Anglesey just over the Brittania Bridge crossing the Menai Straits'.

I don't think the town is big enough for the name plate as it is.
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« Reply #13 on: 01/03/2011 07:07:57 »
I have no idea what it is longest,may be Pacific.


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« Reply #14 on: 03/03/2011 19:18:21 »
Isn't the longest word sheeposed to be smiles......because there's a 'mile' between the two s's!!..*le groan at such an old one*
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« Reply #15 on: 06/03/2011 19:57:40 »
Mary Poppins?
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« Reply #16 on: 07/03/2011 00:59:20 »
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