Sunday Fun: Do You Have Hippopotomonstrosesquippedalio ?

March 18, 2012 1:36 pm

It appears that the fear of long words is real  and can be found in urban dictionaries these days. The phobia is known as Hippopotomonstrosesquippedalio.

Depending on where you look, some actually believe it has scientific significance while others show that is it a made-up syndrome that was written about by cartoonist Gary Larson.

Assuming you don’t have this phobia and want to read further, here is a list of what are supposed to be the longest words in the English language.

9=Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious –
“Wonderful” (34 letters)

9= Pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism –
“False opposition to the withdrawal of State support from a church” or “Extreme opposition to the withdrawl of State supported church” (34 letters)

8. Hepaticocholangiocholecystentersotomies –
“Gall Bladder surgery” (39 letters)

7. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis – “A lung disease” (45 letters)

6. Asseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary –
“Structure of the human body” (51 letters)

5. Aequeosalinocalcalinosetaceoaluminosocupreovitriolic –
“Spa waters at Bath, England” (52 letters)

4. Aopadotenachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrinhipotrimmatosilphioparaomelitok-atakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektrionoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoi-osiraiovaphetraganopterygon –
“The name of a 17 ingrediant Greek dish” (182 letters)

3. Ornicopytheobiblopsychocrystarroscioaerogenethliometeoroaustrohieroanthropoi- cichthyopyrosiderochpnomyoalectryoophiobotanopegohydrorhabdocrithoaleuroalphi-tohalomolybdoclerobeloaxinocoscinodactyliogeolithopessopscphocatoptrotephraoeir-ochiroomychodactyloarithstichooxogeloscogastrogyrocerobletonooenoscapulinaniac-
“A deluded human who practices divination or forecasting” (310 letters)

2. Acetylseryltyrosylserylisoleucylthreonylserylprolylserylglutaminylphenylalanylvalyl-phenylalnelleucylserylserylvalyotriptophylalanylaspartylprolylisoleucylglutamylleucyl-lencyllasparaginylvalylcysteinythreonylserylserylleucylglycllasparatinylglutaminylphe-nylalanylglutaminylthreonylglutaminylglutaninylalanylarginylthrseonylthreonylglutam-inylvalylglutaminyglutaninylphenylalanylserylghlutaminylvalyltryptophyllysylrolylphen-ylalaylprolyglutaminylserylthreonylvalylarginylphunylalanylprolylglycylaspartylvalylty-rosyllsvslvalyltyrosylargiyltyosvlasparaginylalanylvalylleusylaspartylprolylleucylisole-ucylthreonylalnylleucylleucylglycyltreonylphnylalanylaspartylthreonylarginlasparagin-ylarginylisoleucylislleucylglutammylvalylglutamylasparaginylglutaminylglutaminylsury-lprolylthreonylthreonylalanyoglutamylthreonylleucylaspartylalanylthreonylarginylargi-nylvalylaspartylaspartylalanylthreonylvalylalanylisoleucylarginylserylalanylasparagin-ylisoleucylasparaginylleucylvallasparaginylglutamylleucylvalylarginylglycylthreonylgl-ycylleucyltyrosylasparaginylglutaminylasparaginylthreonylphenylalanylglutamylseryl-methionylserylglycylleucylvalyltryptophylthreonylserylalanylprolylalanylserine-
“The scientific name for the Tobacco Mosaic Virus” (1,185 letters)

1. Methionylglutaminylarginytyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalanylalanylglutaminyll-eucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamylglycylalanylphenylalanyvalylprolylphenylalanyl-valythreonylleucylglycylaspartylprolyglycylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylserylleucyllysyl-isoleucylaspartylthreonylleucylisoleucylglutamylalanylglycylalanylaspartylalanylleucy-lglutamylleucylglycylglycylisoleucylprolylphenylalanylserylaspartylprolylleucelalanyla-spartyglycylprolythreonylisoleucylglutamiylasparaginylalanylthreonylleucylarginylala-nylphenylalanylalanylglycylvalyltheonylprolylalanylglutaminylcysteinylphenylalanygll-utamylmethionylleucyalanylleucylisoleucylarginylglutaminyllysylhistidylprolylthreonyl-isoleucylpriIylisoleucylglycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasparaginylleucylvalyp-henylalanylasparaginyllysylgyycylisoleucylaspartylglutamylphenylalanyltyrosylalanyl-gutaminyllcysteinylglutamyllysylvalylglycylavlylaspartylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylasp-artylvalyprolylvalylglutaminylglutamyllserylalanyprolyphenylalanylarginylglutaminylal-anylalanylleucylarginylhistidylasparaginylvaylalanylprolylisoleucylphenylalanylisoleu-cylcysteinylprolylprolylaspartylalanylaspartylaspartylaspartylleucylleucylarginyglutam-inylisoleucylalanyylseryltyrosylglycylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylser-ylarginylalanylglycylvalythreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginylarginylanylalanylleu-cylprolylleucylaspaaginylhistidylleucylvaylalanyllysylleucyllysylglutamyltyrosylasarag-inylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylalanylprolylaspartylglutaminylvalyllysylalanylala-nylisoleucylaspartylalanylalanyglycylalanylalanyglycylalanylisoleucylserylglycyseryla-lanylisoleucylbalyllsylisoleucylisoleucylglutamyyylglutaminylhistidylasparaginylisole-ucylglutamylprolyglutamyllysylmethionylleucylalanylalanylleucyllysylvalylphenylalaby-lvalylglutaminlylprolylmethionyllysylalanylalanylthreonylarginylserine –
“Scientific name for Trypthophan synthetase (that is a protien with 267 amino acids) (1,909 letters)

** – deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is alleged to have 207,000 letters, but has never been printed in full.

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