Did you know that the longest word in the world contains 190,000 letters? The following is our list of the five longest words in the world:
An English word of 189, 819 letters
The longest word in the world is the English term: "methionylthreonylthreonyl(...)isoleucine".
This term, which has no less than 189, 819 letters, is the chemical name of the largest protein: titin. It would take three hours to recite it from beginning to end!
The second longest word in the world is a 195-character Sanskrit word (equivalent to 428 letters in the Latin alphabet).
It is a word that has been listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest word in the world. It first appeared in the 16th century in a book written by Queen Tirumalãmbã, and is actually a description of a region in India called Tamil Nadu.
The third longest word is this 136-letter Afrikaans word:
Roughly translated, it means 'a press conference on a speech by a trade union official at a used car dealership about a strike'.
Afrikaans is a Germanic language derived from Dutch, and is one of the eleven official languages of South Africa.
This is the fourth longest word in the world:
This is actually the name of a hill in New Zealand. Its translation is: "The peak where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the surveyor, the mountain climber, the walker who travelled here, played his flute to his beloved."
Consisting of 85 letters, this word is the longest place name in the world in the Latin alphabet. It has also been included in the Guinness Book of Records.
This Icelandic word of 64 letters is the fifth longest in the world. It is literally translated as follows:
"A ring on a key ring for the outer door of the tool shed used by road maintenance workers on Vaðlaheiði hill.”
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Answers to your questions about the longest words in the world
The longest French word officially recognised by the Académie française is "anticonstitutionnellement", which consists of 25 letters. It is, in other words, the longest word in the French dictionary.
"Rinderkennzeichnungsfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz" is the longest word in the German language with 79 letters.
The longest English word is also the longest word in the world, with almost 190,000 letters. It is the chemical name for titin, the largest protein known. The longest word in the English dictionary however, is the 45-letter word "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis", which refers to a lung disease. Doctors call it "P45".
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