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The fear of long words?

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 12:10 PM on July 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


Unless I'm mistaken, the actual root word is "leucine." If we can add as many prefixes and suffixes to a word as we want, I suppose we could make "English" words of any length we wanted. "Antiantiantianti...[x1000000]...antiantiantimatter."

Also, I might argue that the word above is more of a formula written without spaces than a "word" in the traditional sense.

Besides, everyone knows the longest word is "smiles."
posted by chasing at 12:13 PM on July 24, 2016 [6 favorites]


It's a real wilting rendition.
posted by carsonb at 12:15 PM on July 24, 2016


I don't totally believe in a god, ok, but a video like this makes me imagine a bearded white guy in the sky, dramatically rolling his eyes in a sort of amused, fatherly way, shaking his head and going, "So this is what the kids have been up to." Kind of like when you find your own children have filled a notebook with drawings of buttholes.
posted by little_dog_laughing at 12:41 PM on July 24, 2016 [3 favorites]


I'm standing by floccinaucinihilipilification (the act or habit of estimating something as worthless) as the longest non-technical useful English word.
posted by fairmettle at 12:50 PM on July 24, 2016 [3 favorites]


The flower was a really nice touch. Although now that I listen to his voice, it needs just a little more reverb to sound like monastic chanting...
posted by mittens at 12:50 PM on July 24, 2016 [2 favorites]


Not a single take. Pass.
posted by kafziel at 1:01 PM on July 24, 2016


The dying plant and creeping stubble were a nice touch. He also doens't look even remotely pleased at the end, it's more of an "I can't believe I agreed to this bullshit" kind of resignation.
posted by mrjohnmuller at 1:04 PM on July 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


The Society of Antidisestablishmentarianism objects.
posted by grumpybear69 at 1:08 PM on July 24, 2016 [1 favorite]




Besides, everyone knows the longest word is "smiles."

And "I do" is the longest sentence. /rimshot
posted by logicpunk at 1:26 PM on July 24, 2016 [6 favorites]


Longest ritual cast time ever.
posted by henuani at 1:34 PM on July 24, 2016 [3 favorites]


the flower....and...the beard (no sign of a glass of water)
posted by OHenryPacey at 2:00 PM on July 24, 2016


It's not even the longest protein anymore. If you want to really go full gonzo read the IUPAC-format chemical structure with no amino acid linkage shortcuts.
posted by benzenedream at 2:46 PM on July 24, 2016


Yeah, well...

I had Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis memorized in 5th grade and I'm sticking to this. Otherwise you can put all sorts of long chemical names as the longest word. I mean sure, this, too, is a bit of a madeup word for those purposes. But still...
posted by symbioid at 2:56 PM on July 24, 2016 [5 favorites]


fairmettle: "I'm standing by floccinaucinihilipilification (the act or habit of estimating something as worthless) as the longest non-technical useful English word."

Wouldn't metafloccinaucinihilipilification be a longer word, thus rendering floccinaucinihilipilifiaction worthless in that regards?
posted by symbioid at 2:58 PM on July 24, 2016


kafziel: "Not a single take. Pass."

Ooooooh. THAT explains the beard!! I was just clicking through from front to back and thinking 'wow, I wish I could grow a beard this fast'. Me is stoopid.
posted by bigendian at 3:21 PM on July 24, 2016


I'm with symbiod. That's the true champion word. (Unless, of course, you have supercalifragilisticpneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.)
posted by LeLiLo at 4:44 PM on July 24, 2016


If place names that didn't originate in English but which are used by English-speaking people count, I'm voting for my home state's Lake Chargoggagogg­man­chaugg­a­gogg­chau­bun­a­gung­a­maugg.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 5:01 PM on July 24, 2016


Well, I lasted a minute and a half.
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:22 PM on July 24, 2016


It's pronounced "Fanshaw," right?
posted by thivaia at 5:55 PM on July 24, 2016


I stopped watching after he mispronounced the first syllable.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:55 PM on July 24, 2016


(...two different ways.)
posted by Sys Rq at 8:56 PM on July 24, 2016


Wouldn't metafloccinaucinihilipilification be a longer word, thus rendering floccinaucinihilipilifiaction worthless in that regards?

That's why I'm standing by floccinaucinihilipilification - - the internet is inundated with floccinaucinihilipilificators.
posted by fairmettle at 1:44 AM on July 25, 2016


^ Actually, Jim McGaw said it best: Floccinaucinihilipilificators gonna floccinaucinihilipilificate.
posted by fairmettle at 3:21 AM on July 25, 2016


I had Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis memorized in 5th grade and I'm sticking to this.

Me too. 5th grade. We had contests to see who could spell it fastest.
I had to look at your profile to make sure I didn't know you.
posted by MtDewd at 5:43 AM on July 25, 2016


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