The longest word in the world

According to Wikipedia, the official ‘longest  English word’ is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a type of lung disease, 43 letters.

This got me thinking.

In Swedish, the general rule is that you combine words when making a bigger concept, something which often has hilarious consequences (I’ve written about this elsewhere), when it’s misused.

So, theoretically, it should be possible to create words of infinitive length.

Lets try it:

Sjuk
Sick

Sjukhus
Hospital

Sjukhusväntrum
Hospital waiting room

Sjukhusväntrumsentre
Hospital waiting room entrance

Sjukhusväntrumsentredörr
Hospital waiting room entrance door

Sjukhusväntrumsentredörrhantag
Hospital waiting room entrance doorhandle

Sjukhusväntrumsentredörrhantagsskruv
Hospital waiting room entrance doorhandle screw

Sjukhusväntrumsentredörrhantagsskruvshuvud
Hospital waiting room entrance doorhandle screw head

Sjukhusväntrumsentredörrhantagsskruvshuvudsfärg
Hospital waiting room entrance doorhandle screw head colour

46 letters. Easy.

Apparently the longest word in Swedish is

Nordöstersjökustartilleriflyg-spaningssimulatoranläggningsmaterielunderhållsuppföljnings-systemdiskussionsinläggsförberedelsearbeten

Which actually makes total sense:

North Baltic coast artillery flight simulator base material maintenance follow up discussion point preparation work

130 letters. Now that’s a proper word.

Of course, the longest word in the world, is the chemical name for “Coat Protein, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Dahlemense Strain”:

acetylseryltyrosylserylisoleucylthreonphenylalanylvalylpheny-
lalanylleucylseraspartylprolylisoleucylglutamylleucyllthreonyl-
serylserylleucylglycylasparagiglutaminylthreonylglutaminylglu-
taminylglutaminylvalylglutaminylglutaminylphetryptophyllysy-
lprolylphenylalanylprolyarginylphenylalanylprolylglycylaspart-
yarginyltyrosylasparaginylalanylvalyllethreonylalanylleucylleu-
cylglycylthreonarginylasparaginylarginylisoleucylisolasparagin-
ylglutaminylglutaminylserylprthreonylleucylaspartylalanylthre-
onylaralanylthreonylvalylalanylisoleucylargiasparaginylleucylv-
alylasparaginylglutathreonylglycylleucyltyrosylasparaginylphe-
nylalanylglutamylserylmethionylserythreonylserylalanylprolyla-
lanylserine

1185 letters.

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1 Comment

  1. How about this:
    http://luminaryuprise.wikidot.com/longest-word
    More common name is Titin


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