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The longest word in English (and in the world) contains 3,609,750 letters and means the current day or date between real and imaginable today. It was coined by writer, director, artist and linguistic provocateur Nigel Tomm in his book The Blah Story, Volume 19. The word occupies 812 pages (read more and download entire book for free)

Here’s an excerpt of the word:

somewhenotodayoundressomecologicalinenumerousexyeslowillingnesshotstr-angereactioneglectabulationumberightonightomorrowidoweremembersufficien-togethernessobviousoomphilariousayourselforeasonablexplorerideseriouservan-twinklechoingoosevenowomeneedoorbellikelectricalamplantingoverockslightly-ellowelluminousportuitionevereoccupiesilentouringadderoastsalmonearlyowlec-habitationationalizespecialegornamentitartanomineejectwolivesubjectwentiet-hypertextransformereappearstaticrazyoungsterunearbyachtoo…eddingown

Cover image of The Blah Story, Volume 19:

 

The word was coined using simple algorithm:

Apparently Tomm’s neological method (or is it madness?) is to string together words where the last letter of one word is the same as the first letter of another. So “somewhennotoday” comes from “somewhen”, “not”, and “today” (with the common first and last letters reduced to one character). (read more)

Moreover, the word contains all previously known longest words (page numbers where these words can be found in The Blah Story, Volume 19 book are given):

  • lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphio-paraomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryo-noptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon (4 page);
  • taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (53 page);
  • pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (103 page);
  • pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (153 page);
  • floccinaucinihilipilification (203 page);
  • antidisestablishmentarianism (253 page);
  • honorificabilitudinitatibus (303 page);
  • aldiborontiphoscophornio (353 page);
  • chrononhotonthologos (353 page);
  • bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonn-thunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk (503 page);
  • supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (803 page).

 

Want to hear this 3.6 million letters word live? Then listen to the robot: 

P.S. All The Blah Story, Volume 19 can be downloaded for free from Nigel Tomm’s Amazon page.

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The second longest word in English (and in the world) contains 2,087,214 letters and means something like a girl or a bitch. It was coined by writer Nigel Tomm in his book The Blah Story, Volume 10. The word occupies 728.

Here’s a very small excerpt of the word:

babyoubiquitouseadogablahomeffectonightobyeassymmetricityowlablaheat-enderopechoeslightlyuppiepitheturnsweetoastiedgedificexcretadamanterribl-educatedrumustablahisisterealityearnobodyesirapacityounderstandoorbellick-sensuousecretownevereadsimplelationatchomiciderectionaboblahisupered-iagramustoleratevenominalovenergyahoopsorryoudderunoxiouslut…oiletub

Here’s the cover image of The Blah Story, Volume 10:

The Blah Story, Volume 10

 The word was coined using a simple algorithm:

Firstly, Nigel Tomm takes a word “baby.” The word “baby” has the last letter “y,” so Tomm adds to the word “baby” a word which has the first letter “y,” he chooses a word “you,” and gets the word “babyou.” Symbolically it can be written

baby+(y)ou= babyou.

New word “babyou” has the last letter is “u,” so Tomm must add a word which begins with a letter “u,” and he chooses “ubiquitous.” Now, he gets a new word “babyoubiquitous.” Symbolically it could be written as

baby+(y)ou+(u)biquitous= babyoubiquitous

Applying this algorithm one more time we get:

baby+(y)oubiquitous+(s)eadog= babyoubiquitouseadog

and

baby+(y)oubiquitous+(s)eadog+(g)ab= babyoubiquitouseadogab,

and

baby+(y)oubiquitous+(s)eadog+(g)ab+(b)lah= babyoubiquitouseadogablah,

and so on. This algorithm was applied to get the word which is 2,087,214 letters long and occupies 728 pages.

You can find the algorithm here.

 P.S. All The Blah Story, Volume 10 can be downloaded for free from Nigel Tomm’s Amazon page.

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Methionylthreonylthreonyl…isoleucine (189,819 letters) is the third longest word in English, usually it is called Titin (also known as connectin) is a protein that is important in the contraction of striated muscle tissues. Titin is the largest known protein, consisting of 26,926 amino acids.

However, professional dictionary writers regard generic names of chemical compounds as verbal formulae rather than as English words.

Some illustrations:

Find out more about the video above here.

From video description: “Simplified model of cardiac sarcomere. Myosin, actin, troponins, tropomyosin, myosin binding protein C, myopadin, Zasp, titin, actinin and other proteins in the cardiac myofilaments are shown.”

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Lopadotemakhoselakhogameokranioleipsanodrimypotrimmatosilphiokarabo-melitokatakekhymenokikhlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptokephallio-kigklopeleiolagōiosiraiobaphētraganopterýgōn (183 letters) is the fourth longest word in English, it describes a dish by stringing together its ingredients. This fictional dish was mentioned in ancient Greek comedic playwright Aristophanes’ comedy Assemblywomen.

Liddell and Scott translate this as “name of a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, flesh, fowl, and sauces.”

The dish was a fricassee, with 17 sweet and sour ingredients, including brains, honey, vinegar, fish, pickles, and the following: fish slices, fish of the Elasmobranchii subclass (a shark or ray), rotted dogfish or small shark’s head, generally sharp-tasting dish of several ingredients grated and pounded together, Silphion “laserwort” (apparently a kind of giant fennel), a kind of crab (beetle, or crayfish), eagle, cheese, honey poured down, wrasse (or thrush), on top of a kind of sea fish or Blackbird, wood pigeon, domestic pigeon, chicken, roasted head of dabchick, hare (which could be a kind of bird or a kind of sea-hare), new wine boiled down, dessert fruit or thing eaten raw, wing (fin).

In the Greek alphabet: λοπαδοτεμαχοσελαχογαλεοκρανιολειψανοδριμυπο-τριμματοσιλφιοκαραβομελιτοκατακεχυμενοκιχλεπικοσσυφοφαττοπεριστερ-αλεκτρυονοπτοκεφαλλιοκιγκλοπελειολαγῳοσιραιοβαφητραγανοπτερύγων.

Here’s live performance of Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen:

P.S. Lopadotemachoselachogameokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphiokaraomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokinklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon Lopadotemakhoselakhogameokranioleipsanodrimypotrimmatosilphiokarabomelitokatakekhymenokikhlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptokephalliokigklopeleiolagōiosiraiobaphētraganopterýgōn isn’t mentioned in the performance.

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Bababadal­gharagh­takammin­arronn­konn­bronn­tonn­erronn­tuonn­thunn­trovarrhoun­awnskawn­toohoo­hoordenen­thurnuk (101 letters) is the fifth longest word in English, the word was coined by J. Joyce in Finnegans Wake, it allegedly represents the symbolic thunderclap associated with the fall of Adam and Eve. It depicts the word for “thunder” in various languages. In the novel J. Joyce coined ten 101-letter words (ten thunders), “each is a cryptogram or codified explanation of the thundering and reverberating consequences of the major technological changes in all human history” (Marshall McLuhan) (read more):

2. (thunder): Perkodhuskurunbarggruauyagokgorlayorgromgremmitghund-hurthrumathunaradidillifaititillibumullunukkunun
3. (clap): klikkaklakkaklaskaklopatzklatschabattacreppycrottygraddaghsem-mihsammihnouithappluddyappladdypkonpkot
4. (whore): Bladyughfoulmoecklenburgwhurawhorascortastrumpapornane-nnykocksapastippatappatupperstrippuckputtanach
5.: Thingcrooklyexineverypasturesixdixlikencehimaroundhersthemaggerby-kinkinkankanwithdownmindlookingated
6. (shut the door): Lukkedoerendunandurraskewdylooshoofermoyporter-tooryzooysphalnabortansporthaokansakroidverjkapakkapuk
7.: Bothallchoractorschumminaroundgansumuminarumdrumstrumtruminahu-mptadumpwaultopoofoolooderamaunsturnup
8.: Pappappapparrassannuaragheallachnatullaghmonganmacmacmacwhackfa-lltherdebblenonthedubblandaddydoodled
9. (cough): husstenhasstencaffincoffintussemtossemdamandamnacosaghc-usaghhobixhatouxpeswchbechoscashlcarcarcaract
10. (Norse gods): Ullhodturdenweirmudgaardgringnirurdrmolnirfenrirlukkilo-kkibaugimandodrrerinsurtkrinmgernrackinarockar

Want to hear the first thunder word? Here’s one crazy reading:

All ten thunders (without breaks):

Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk; Perkodhuskurunbarggruauyagokgorlayorgromgremmitghundhurthrumathunaradidillifaititillibumullunukkunun; Klikkaklakkaklaskaklopatzklatschabattacreppycrottygraddaghsemmihsammihnouithappluddyappladdypkonpkot; Bladyughfoulmoecklenburgwhurawhorascortastrumpapornanennykocksapastippatappatupperstrippuckputtanach; Thingcrooklyexineverypasturesixdixlikencehimaroundhersthemaggerbykinkinkankanwithdownmindlookingated; Lukkedoerendunandurraskewdylooshoofermoyportertooryzooysphalnabortansporthaokansakroidverjkapakkapuk; Bothallchoractorschumminaroundgansumuminarumdrumstrumtruminahumptadumpwaultopoofoolooderamaunsturnup; Pappappapparrassannuaragheallachnatullaghmonganmacmacmacwhackfalltherdebblenonthedubblandaddydoodled; Husstenhasstencaffincoffintussemtossemdamandamnacosaghcusaghhobixhatouxpeswchbechoscashlcarcarcaract; Ullhodturdenweirmudgaardgringnirurdrmolnirfenrirlukkilokkibaugimandodrrerinsurtkrinmgernrackinarockar.

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Lip­smackin­thirst­quenchin­acetastin­motivatin­good­buzzin­cool­talkin­high­walkin­fast­livin­ever­givin­cool­fizzin (100 letters) is the sixth longest word in English, the word was used by Pepsi’s advertising agency Boase Massimi Pollitt in TV and film advertising (1973).

Here goes an add:

Lipsmackinthirstquenchinacetastinmotivatingoodbuzzincooltalkinhighwalkinfastlivinevergivincoolfizzin, isn’t it?

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