Why The World's Longest Word Will Never Appear In Any Dictionary Or Record Book!

By Meera Dolasia on November 25, 2012

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Search for the term 'world's longest word' and you probably find Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis - the scientific name for a lung disease commonly referred to as silicosis. While this is technically true because it is the longest word you will ever see published in a dictionary or for that matter in most places, there are many words that believe it or not, are much longer than that.

While the reason they are not published or given any credence is because they are purportedly not 'real' words, it may also be because they are sooooo long that including them would require the creation of a stand-alone edition!

In fact, the real longest word is so lengthy that even we do not dare publish it in its full 189, 819 letters - The only thing we can tell you is that it starts with methionyl . . . and ends with  . . . isoleucine. And incase you are wondering, it took the one person that did dare to say it aloud, a whopping 3.5 hours!

What is even more surprising is that this word is not just a gibberish concoction made up by some crazy person, but a giant protein appropriately dubbed Titin that is made up of 244 unique folded protein domains and also contains the largest number of exons (363) in any single gene. The protein that is used by the body for contraction of striated muscle tissues may not be the most crucial one that we need, but it is not totally worthless either! It is of course better known for its long convoluted scientific name! For those of you curious enough to hear the word aloud, below is the full 3.5 hour video version - test it out and see if you can get through even a tenth of it!

Resources: odditycentral.com,wikipedia.org

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  • DoveCameron4/22/2014
    Is that english?
    • purpleminnu
      IMPOSSIBILITY IS TAKING OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVEN THE PLANT DIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • iamacow
        Thats impossible. How can a person sit still for 3.5 hours?
        • awesome3000
          I know! how does he even pronounce it!
        • kololala24
          the mestel... the pretzel... There is no way that's a real word!!!!
          • happydog123
            ya don't ask me to spell that
            • arteni123
              I hope I don't have to spell that on my spelling test.
              • jadon4/4/2014
                OMG this if great I LOVE IT
                • person4/4/2014
                  that was so FAKE
                  • thesunnyone
                    amazing that guy should get an award for saying that
                    • Alex georgalis3/28/2014
                      I wached it AND AT 9 A CLOCK TO 12 I SAID THE WORD.



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