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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  • fieldsa4
    fieldsa4Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:32 am
    WOW
    • jordanTuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:38 pm
      I fell asleep watching it and it was still on!
      • MikeSaturday, February 21, 2015 at 4:25 pm
        I can't believe he did that!
        • lunchpig11
          lunchpig11Friday, February 20, 2015 at 1:03 pm
          wow I feel sorry for that guy.
          • ninaluvr
            ninaluvrFriday, February 13, 2015 at 9:55 am
            i listened to 10 minutes of it.
            • DantdmFriday, February 13, 2015 at 7:57 am
              Wow that such a long name
              • weird Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9:33 am
                I saw the flowers die
                • CrazieThursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:40 pm
                  I sounded like a robot reading it!!! 😄
                  • iSaturday, January 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm
                    i can spell it ralley i can
                    • Gets Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 9:47 am
                      Wow

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