Longest Word In The World

Longest Word in the World? Is This a Prank or What?

Did you ever think that the longest word in the world would have a total of 189,819 letters? Learn more about the words of the English language that have baffled people over the years with their very existence.
Penlighten Staff
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2018
There are a number of technical terms in which the letter count in one word has exceeded 1000! The longest word will dumbfound you when you look upon it in its entirety, but here's a snippet of it - Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl...isoleucine. As it consists of 189, 819 letters, it is next to impossible to write the entire word in this space.
Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl...isoleucine, is the chemical name for the world's largest known protein called titin. This is a technical word and has no place in the English dictionary. In fact, there is a dispute whether it can be called a word or not!
The second longest word in English is, 'Lopado­temacho­selacho­galeo­kranio­leipsano­drim­hypo­trimmato­silphio­parao­melito­katakechy­meno­kichl­epi­kossypho­phatto­perister­alektryon­opte­kephallio­kigklo­peleio­lagoio­siraio­baphe­tragano­pterygon'.
This word consists of 183 letters and was coined by an author in one of his books and has its origin from an ancient Greek transliteration. Since this word was coined, it hasn't been mentioned in any dictionary.
This leaves us with the third longest word spelled with 45 letters and looks like - Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. This word is officially the longest word in the world because it has been included as a part of the English language. It is a name of a respiratory disorder that is caused due to silica.
This word is basically divided into 8 small words, each of which has a meaning of its own. The eight-word split of this massive word is as follows:
Pneumono (lungs) - ultra (beyond) - micro (small/minute) - scopic (looking) - silico (like sand) - volcano (volcano) - konis (dust) - osis (condition/state).
Meaning of the Longest Word in the English Language
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a disease which is caused as a result of over exposure to ultra microscopic silico dust. The inhalation of silicone dust which is found near volcanoes is a major cause of this disease. There are 4 types of this disease, namely, acute, chronic, asymptomatic, and accelerated.
Out of these, the chronic form is commonly found and develops after getting exposed to silica dust for over 20 years. The symptoms of this disease include: common cold, fast breathing, sore throat, major loss of appetite, chest pain, severe coughing, and increased chances of getting infected by tuberculosis.
When the silica dust near a volcanic area is inhaled by humans, it implants itself in the tiny air sacs and the ducts of the lungs. This is the place where carbon dioxide and oxygen are substituted. In response to this infection, the white blood cells discharge a series of cytokines. These cytokines stimulate the fibroblasts, which results in fibrosis.
A cure for this disease is very rare. But, here are some preventive measures:
  • Take cough syrups if you see any of the symptoms.
  • Try going for physiotherapy to cure the chest pain.
  • Take anti-tubercular agents so that tuberculosis doesn't develop.
  • In extreme cases, lung transplantation might help although it is very dangerous and involves multiple risks.
Pronouncing The Longest Word
If you try to pronounce this world without taking 8 pauses, your tongue will probably end up slipping more than 10 times in a row! Watch the pronunciation carefully and read it taking the required pauses. Here we go, Nyoo-muh-noh-ul-truh-my-kro-skop-ik-sili--koh-vol-kay-noh-koh-nee-oh-siss
The Controversy
Some people believe that the longest word in the English language was created by the members of Puzzler's League deliberately as part of a prank, so to speak. In the 103rd meeting of the National Puzzlers League, which took place in 1935, the word Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis was declared as the longest word in the English language.
There is still debate about whether Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis does exist as an official word.
Play around with your friends and get playful with this tongue twister, for whether official or not, it is quite amusing how someone could've coined such a ridiculously long word.