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Hello guys, below I posted a video about the longest English word pronounced. It has 189,819 letters and takes about three hours to pronounce. In fact, it's a protein's name called TINTIN reponsible for the passive elasticity of our muscles. If you have patience to follow all the pronounce (what I think almost unlikely) you'll notice how big this word is! So, I ask you: What's the longest word that you heard about in your native language?
Here's the links for the news that contain the transcripts for this word:
I think the longest word I've already heard about in my own language was "inconstitucionalissimamente". It's a very ununsual word but, the fact is, it exists in the Portuguese dictionary. It has 27 letter and has as synonym a 29-letter adverb "anticonstitucionalissimamente".
In fact, all those chemical words are neither English nor Russian, Spanish, Portugese, Ukrainian, German, Italian etc. They are usually Latin. Some other scientific words like '..logies', '...phobias' and many other '...pathies' are Greek. That guy on the video (or In the video?) is Russian-speaking, I can hear it very well. He is sure that he is pronouncing the longest Russian word, but it sounds almost the same in Ukrainian, Spanish, Italian, Polish and many other languages. So, what do we mean when we say the longest word? There must be some limitation (origine, grammatical form, the way of creating etc.) For example, in the Ukrainian language adjectives formed from numbers and nouns (like two-year-old) are one word. As numbers are unlimited, you can always form a word from a number and a noun such as a kilometer - onemillionninehundredeightyeightkilometerlong (in Ukrainian it would be one word, though we would prefer some other form of presenting that idea).
I prefer the spanish word "Esternocleidomastoideo" (sternocleidomastoid, a neck's muscle)
But I'll pick another cool long word, that's "Supercalifragilisticoespialidoso" ("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious") :D
According to The Oxford English Dictionary: "the roots of the word have been defined as follows: super- "above", cali- "beauty", fragilistic- "delicate", expiali- "to atone", and -docious "educable", with the sum of these parts signifying roughly "Atoning for educability through delicate beauty."
According to the film (Mary Poppins), in which the word gained its popularity, it is defined as "something to say when you have nothing to say". However, it is commonly defined as "extraordinarily good" or "wonderful".
Btw, about the video...
3hours 33 minutes???!! Da f**K :/
ELECTROENCEFALOGRAFISTA (in Spanish)
There. Happy? And, by the way, there's more where that came from. Why do you wanna know that anyway? =/