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The identity of the longest word in English depends upon the definition of what constitutes a word in the English language, as well as how length should be compared. In addition to words derived naturally from the language's roots (without any known intentional invention), English allows new words to be formed by coinage and construction; place names may be considered words; technical terms may be arbitrarily long. Length may be understood in terms of orthography and number of written letters, or (less commonly) phonology and the number of phonemes.

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(Often humorous) The act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant, of having no value or being worthlessA jocular coinage, apparently by pupils at Eton, combining a number of ...

Domain: Language; Category: Linguistics

The English word antidisestablishmentarianism (UK Listeni/ˌæn.ti.dɪz.əs.tæb.lɪʃ.mənˈtɛə.rɪə.nɪ.zᵊm/, US Listeni/ˌæn.taɪˌdɪs.ɛsˌtæb.lɪʃ.məntˈɛ.ri.ənˌɪ.zm/) is notable for its unusual length of 28 ...

Domain: Politics; Category: General politics

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (Listeni/njuːˌmɒnoʊˌʌltrəmaɪkrɵˌskɒpɪkˌsɪlɪkoʊvɒlˌkeɪnɵkɒnaɪˈoʊsɪs/) is an English word that refers to a lung disease that is otherwise known as ...

Domain: Health care; Category: Diseases

"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Listeni/ˌsuːpərˌkælɨˌfrædʒɨˌlɪstɪkˌɛkspiːˌælɨˈdoʊʃəs/ is a song from the 1964 Disney musical film Mary Poppins. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, and ...

Domain: Performing arts; Category: Theatre

Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (pseudoPHP) is an inherited disorder, named for its similarity to pseudohypoparathyroidism in presentation. The term pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism is used to describe ...

Domain: Health care; Category: Diseases

Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the dative and ablative plural of the medieval Latin word honorificabilitudinitas, which can be translated as "the state of being able to achieve honours". It is ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Shakespeare

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