Friday, 18 July 2008

AAE Q145: 'longest word'

Hi,

I have a bee in my bonnet about what's the longest word in English?

Thanks for the answer

Best regards Roman


Hi,

It really depends what you mean by the longest word, but the longest recognised, non-technical word (which isn't a place name) is:

antidisestablishmentarianism


It is 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.

Thanks

M

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