Have you ever wondered that a word can be this long?

When we generally think of words, we tend to think of common words, yet some words are so long that they would probably become tongue twisters for you. These words are complicated to spell, while their meanings are simple and understandable. Several DNA strings contain a lot of letters, but these are not regarded as words; they are called chemical names and do not hold the status of actual words in the sense that they do not constitute essential items of vocabulary.

We are going to look at some of the longest words in this article, along with their meanings. You would be quite surprised to find these words which you might not have heard earlier in your life.

Word Mixer

Which is the longest word, and what does it mean?

The longest word that is there right now is "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsili-covolcanoconiosis." This is a forty-five lettered long word, which is the name of a supposed lung disease that is contracted from the inhalation of fine silica particles and affects the lungs. When you read the word, it seems like a mix up of more than one word. You wouldn't find the use of the word in day to day language because it is quite long for one to pronounce without difficulty, and people do not prefer using such long words while conversing in a free manner. Along with this one, there are several others also which are long but valid words and appear to be in dictionaries as well, which validates them. We are now going to look at some more examples.

Some more examples of long words

  • Pseudopseudohypoparathy-roidism: This is a thirty letter word, which is a thyroid disorder. Despite being non-coined, this word still exists in all major dictionaries.
  • Supercalifragilisticexp-ialidocious: This word is yet another such word that holds no value as far as the usage is concerned as the meaning of this is something extraordinarily good. Now, if we use this word, no one would ever understand what we meant was as simple as "terrific."
  • Antidisestablishmentari-anism: This is a twenty-eight letter word that roots back to England. It means opposing the disestablishment of the Church of England.
  • Floccinaucinihilipilif-ication: The meaning is the estimation of something as worthless. Now, do you wonder why we use such complex words when it can be called "useless"?
  • Sesquipedalianism: The meaning of this word is the tendency to use long words. While we are looking at long words, there is a word that describes the use of long words that is long itself. Funny. Isn't it?

Conclusion

While these words are there in the dictionary, they are obsolete. No one would even think of ever using these words because these might make a smooth conversation uncomfortable or might annoy the other person. Looking at the brighter side, knowing these words broadens one's perspective and makes a person knowledgeable.