Posted by Bill Gilonis on December 11, 2000
In Reply to: ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM posted by Bruce Kahl on February 16, 2000
: : Does anyone know exactly what "Disestablishmentarainism" means? Is it the longest english word?
: ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM (28 letters) may be the best-known long word. The word means "the belief which opposes removing the tie between church and state."
: PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS (45 letters; a lung disease caused by breathing in certain particles) is the longest word in any English-language dictionary. (It is also spelled -koniosis.)
: dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (31 letters; the full name for the insecticide DDT) is maybe a contender for the silver medal...