8. Longest word in English

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.Length may be understood in terms of orthography and number of written letters, or (less commonly)  phonology and the number of phonemes.

Word = Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl...isoleucine
Letters = 189,819
Characteristics= Chemical name of titin, the largest known protein
Dispute = Technical; not in dictionary; disputed whether it is a word

Word = Methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamyl...serine
Letters = 1,909
Characteristics= Longest published word
Dispute = Technical

Word = Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsano...pterygon
Letters = 183
Characteristics= Longest word coined by a major author, the longest word ever to appear in                                                 literature.
Dispute = Coined; not in dictionary; Ancient Greek transliteration

Word = Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
Letters = 45
Characteristics = Longest word in a major dictionary
Dispute = Technical; coined to be the longest word

Word = Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Letters = 34
Characteristics = Famous for being created for the Mary Poppins film and musical
Dispute = Coined

Word = Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism
Letters = 30
Characteristics = Longest non-coined word in a major dictionary
Dispute = Technical

Word = Floccinaucinihilipilification
Letters = 29
Characteristics = Longest unchallenged nontechnical word
Dispute = Coined

Word = Antidisestablishmentarianism
Letters = 28
Characteristics = Longest non-coined and nontechnical word

Word = Honorificabilitudinitatibus
Letters = 27
Characteristics= Longest word in Shakespeare's works;
                            longest word in the English language featuring alternating consonants and vowels.
Dispute =

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