Longest words

 

German’s supposedly longest word in the world’s vocabularies has been considered too much for the German bureaucrats and is being consigned as obsolete.

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz

meaning “the law concerning the delegation of duties for the supervision of cattle marking and the labeling of beef" is 63 letters long.

The Germans are renowned for their love of long words, but they are not the only ones who like to create complex compound words as nouns. The Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes coined the 183 lettered

lopado-temacho-selacho-galeo-kranio-leipsano-drim-hupotrimmatosilphio-karabo-melito-katakechumeno-kichl-epikossuphophatto-peristeralektruon-opto-kephallio-kigklo-peleio-lagoio-siraio-baphe-traganopterugon

meaning a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, fowl and sauces. 

Bulgarian

neprotivokonstitutsionstvuvatelstvuvayte 

(40 letters) something against constitution

Croatian

prijestolonaslijednikovica 

(26 letters) the wife of a heir to the throne

Czech

nejneobhospodarovávatelnejšími 

(30 letters) the less farmed

Danish

arbejdsløshedsunderstøttelse 

(28 letters) unemployment benefit

tilpasningsvanskeligheder 

(25 letters) adjustment difficulties

Dutch

kindercarnavalsoptochtvoorbereidingswerkzaamheden 

(48 letters) preparation activities for a children’s carnival procession

English

As for the English language, there are somewhat fanciful claims for extremely long words. However, more realistically here are the following in descending length:

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis 

(45 letters) the longest word in a major dictionary, a technical word for a lung disease created by silica dust inhalation

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 

(34 letters) from the Mary Poppins film and musical with a fanciful defintion

hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism 

(33 letters) which means the love of long words

pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism 

(30 letters) the longest non-coined word in a major dictionary for a specific inherited medical disorder

floccinaucinihilipilification 

(29 letters coined in 1741) meaning the categorizing of something that is useless or trivial (the longest unchallenged non-technical word)

antidisestablishmentarianism 

(28 letters) the longest non-coined and non-technical word

Estonian

raudteeülesõidukoht

(19 letters) train crossing point

Finnish

lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas

(61 letters) technical warrant officer trainee specialized in aircraft jet engines

käsipyyherullajärjestelmä 

(25 letters) an automatic towel system for drying your hands

peruspalveluliikelaitoskuntayhtymä

(34 letters) a municipality providing basic services

French

anticonstitutionnellement 

(25 letters) unconstitutionally

German

Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänsmütze 

(48 letters) a cap used by a captain on the river of Donau

Dudelsackspfeifenmachergesellenprüfung 

(38 letters) exam for those who want to become a specialist in making pipes for bagpipes

Greek

υποδηματοεπιδιορθωτήριον  

(24 letters) by mending shoes 

ωτορινολαρυγγολόγος

(19 letters) otolaryngologist (throat-ear-nose specialist) 

ακτινοχρυσοφαιδροβροντολαμπροφεγγοφωτοστόλιστος

(47 letters) dressed in golden-shining, thundering and incandescent clothes

σκουληκομυρμηγκότρυπα

(21 letters) an anthill

Hungarian

megszentségtelenithetetlenségeskedéseltekért 

(44 letters) “for your unprofaneable actions”

legmegvesztegethetetlenebbek 

(28 letters) the least corruptible ones

Italian

precipitevolissimevolmente 

(26 letters) to do something in a hurry

psiconeuroendocrinoimmunologia 

(30 letters) a discipline that deals with the relationship between the functioning of the nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system 

Latin

honorificabilitudinitatibus 

(27 letters) the state of being able to achieve honours (the longest word in Shakespeare from Love’s Labour’s Lost)

Lithuanian

nebeprisikiškiakopusteliaudavome 

(30 letters) we didn't pick rabbit cabbage

Romanian

otorinolaringologie 

(19 letters) Otorhinolaringology

sternocleidomastoidian 

(22 letters) the sternocleidomastoid muscle that is located in the front of the neck

Polish

konstantynopolitanczykiewiczówna 

(31 letters) girl living in Constantinople

Portuguese

anticonstitucionalissimamente 

(29 letters) unconstitutionally

Serbian

prestolonaslednikovica 

(22 letters) wife of the Crown Prince

Slovenian

starocerkvenoslovanšcina 

(24 letters) Old Church Slavik Language

Slovak

najnevypocítavatelnejší

(23 letters) the most difficult example to calculate

Spanish

anticonstitucionalmente

(23 letters) unconstitutionally

contrarrevolucionario

(21 letters) person who favors or is part of the counter-revolution

Swedish

nordvästersjökustartilleriflygspaningssimulatoranläggningsmaterielunderhåll – suppföljningssystemdiskussionsinläggsförberedelsearbeten

(131 letters) north west sea coastal artillery reconnaissance flight simulator facility equipment maintenance follow-up discussion posts preparatory work

Turkish

Afyonkarahisarlilardanlarmis 

(28 letters) They are said to belong to the family that came from Afyonkarahisar

Muvaffakiyetsizlestiricilestiriveremeyebileceklerimizdenmissinizcesine

(70 letters) As if you would be from those we can not easily/quickly make a maker of unsuccessful ones

çekostravakyalılardanmısınızsiz?

(31 letters) Are you from çekostravakyalı?

Welsh

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

(58 letters) village on the island of Anglesey in Wales, lietral meaning: St Mary's in Hollow of the White Hazel near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave




The concept and examples featured on this page have been provided by Adam Jacot de Boinod

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