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The eleventh longest word in English is pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (30 letters), this is the longest non-coined word in a major dictionary and it means an inherited disorder that is caused by a mutation in the Gs alpha subunit gene imprinted on the paternal chromosome.

We can find a definition of pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism in medcyclopaedia.com: this i a disorder characterized by short stature, round face, short neck, and shortening of metacarpal bones with normal blood chemistry values and normal renal response to parathyroid hormone. In addition, the parathyroid glands are intrinsically normal, and parathyroid hormone levels are also normal. These patients, although they have the same phenotype as those with pseudohypoparathyroidism, have true hypoparathyroidism.

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About the figure above: X-rays demonstrate congenital shortening of the third, fourth and fifth metacarpals on the right hand. This patient was a 40-year-old female with normal serum calcium, phosphorus and alkaline phosphatase. Her findings are consistent with pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (from endotext.org).

Sorry for all chemical and medical terms but that’s the nature of this word.

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The twelfth longest word in the English language is floccinaucinihilipilification (29 letters), this is the longest non-technical word and it means the act of describing something as worthless, or making something to be worthless by deprecation.

“It had a rare public airing in 1999 when Senator Jesse Helms used it in commenting on the demise of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: “I note your distress at my floccinaucinihilipilification of the CTBT” (read more)

And, as usual, don’t miss Sexy Marina’s stunning explanation of floccinaucinihilipilification:

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The thirteenth longest word in English is antidisestablishmentarianism (28 letters), this is the longest non-coined and non-technical word, it means a political position that originated in nineteenth-century Britain, where antidisestablishmentarians were opposed to proposals to remove the Church of England’s status as the state church of England forwarded principally by both Payne and Tuffin.

Antidisestablishmentarianism in funny commercial:

And don’t miss Sexy Marina’s mind-blowing explanation of antidisestablishmentarianism:

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The fourteenth longest word in English is honorificabilitudinitatibus, it contains 27 letters and this is the longest word in Shakespeare’s works, it is used by Costard in act five, scene one of William Shakespeare’s  the comic play Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Here’s two excerpts from Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) film adaptation, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh:

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